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Strategic consulting firms are feeling heat from Kenya’s government as a house committee chairman has criticized the industry for being paid huge sums of money for projects that ultimately stalled, The Star reported 9 July.

The country’s auditor general, Edward Ouko, found that the country’s Industrialization Ministry awarded 348 million Kenyan shillings to consultancy firms, as part of the country’s Industrial Programme.

A report from the auditor-general found that McKinsey & Company was awarded 69.8 million Kenyan shillings for services before the contract was signed.

“This contravened Section 68 of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act, 2005,” the report said. Another MP, Adan Keynan, is looking into how public money is spent, focusing on politicians who enlist consultancy firms to work on projects which never come to fruition.

“The government is losing billions of shillings through consultancy and flouting contracts,” Keynan said. “This committee has to identify such companies and recommend their blacklisting.”

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