Court suspends order on De La Rue currency printing tender
High Court Judge George Odunga has temporarily suspended the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board (PPARB) decision that nullified the currency printing tender awarded to De LaRue Company.
Odunga further consolidated the two matters that had been filed by CBK and De La Rue and directed that the case be mentioned on Friday for further directions.
“I have considered the application and submission by the counsel and I hereby grant leave to operate as stay of the decision of the respondents made on January 8th pending hearing and determination,” ruled Odunga.
While asking the court to stay the decision by PPARB, De La Rue, through Lawyer Fred Ngatia, argued that the matter ought to be heard expeditiously, adding that what is at stake is the printing of currency pursuant to the Constitution.
Lawyer Ochieng Oduol, who was representing the Central Bank, agreed with the arguments submitted by Ngatia.
The court was told that De La Rue has more than 300 Kenyan employees and has invested millions of shillings in the business.
CBK and De La Rue moved to court arguing that PPARB, in ruling that the tender issued to De La Rue is unlawful, acted ultra-vires by allowing a request for review that was filed out of the statutory period of 14 days.
Both CBK and De La Rue now want the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board decision set aside.
The case has been filed against the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board, Crane AB, De La Rue International Limited, De La Rue Currency and Security print Limited and De La Rue EPZ LTD.