Kenyan Arms Deal: US lawmakers have urged the Congress to take a second look at the arms deal between the country and Kenya.
Report says that the deal was announced and signed by Obama’s administration on his last day in office.
Led by Rep. Ted Budd of North Carolina, lawmakers have drawn the attention of the Congress over some irregularities surrounding the arms deal transaction.
First of, the Kenyan government intends to purchase 14 weaponized aircrafts which also includes 2 trainer planes and services. This is support the country’s mission in fighting the al-Shabaab terrorist group.
The worry in the deal was why an inexperienced company was contracted to produce these ammunition, worse still, at double the price.
A Budd aide discovered that companies such as The Mooresville and IOMAX USA Inc., costed out 14 planes at $237 million dollars.
In an interview Tedd Budd said this:
“It looks like politics,”
“Why are they sending it to someone that’s produced zero, for twice the price? This is inappropriate.”
He says it is surprising that IOMAX which first began producing the weaponized planes in 2009 and so far has even dropped more than 2,000 bombs on al-Shabaab was not given the contract.
On that note, IOMAX reveals that they did not know about the contract until the State Department, which approves all foreign military sales, publicly announced it on Jan. 23, the Monday after Trump was sworn in.
According to Ted Budd, the firm in question, L-3 Technologies, has never produced the kind of war plane requested by the Kenyan government.
He registers his suspicion on why “a smaller, disabled veteran-owned company(IOMAX) in North Carolina that already make those planes at a lower cost was not considered”.
Awarding the contract to L-3 Technologies without the due process of competitive bidding was unacceptable. Quoting a reliable source Tedd says the Kenyan arms deal is marred by allegations of faulty contracting practices, fraud, and unfair treatment surrounding the sale.
According to the American law, all military weapons sales must be approved by the US Congress. The contracting processes must be reviewed and supervised in order to give an equal chance to competing firms before the best bidder is awarded the contract.
On that bases, it appears that the $418 million(Sh43 billion) arms deal has some loop holes.
The US ambassador to Kenya, Mr Robert Godec, has defended the deal but however agrees that the law be followed in the sale of the arms.
Report says that Georgia Democrat Sanford Bishop will join Republicans in signing a letter being sent to the Kenyan ambassador to the U.S. on Tuesday.
The letter read thus:
“We believe Kenya would benefit by exploring its options in regard to this acquisition.”
“We ask that the Government of Kenya take these facts, in particular the prospect of an ongoing congressional investigation of this sale, under consideration as it decides whether or not to proceed with this arms purchase,”
Faulting and cancelling the Kenyan arms deal would make it the first time Congress has voted to block a foreign arms deal since 1986.