2nd licence award scrapped

26 Jul 2004

The Kenyan government has abandoned the auction of the country’s second fixed line licence after claiming that just one of the seven consortia that applied was deemed to be ‘properly qualified’. Although five of the consortia met initial prequalification criteria, after a technical evaluation of the bids only three were shortlisted. Of these, only one met further specifications laid down by the government, leading Information and Communications Minister Raphael Tuju to annul the auction as a ‘non-responsive bidding process’. The government had set a reserve price of KES2 billion for the concession.