$1m tender scam at BCC
CEM, however, later reduced their tender figure, under suspicious circumstances, with some documents reflecting that they reduced to $797 589 while others reflected that the figure was reduced to $798 598.
The investigating team further noted that the local authority failed to provide information detailing the actual price of the tender or whether the actual job was done despite the contract having been awarded in November 2011.
“Commencement date was agreed from 2 November 2011 to 2 April 2012. The municipal procurement Board on 28 September 2011 noted that the CEM price could have been influenced behind closed doors since they had earlier tendered in excess of a million.
“Council failed to provide further information that would make the team conclude the outcome of the project citing that the file was in the custody of World Vision Zimbabwe. This leads to suspicion of concealment of information on the part of council,” reads the report.
In the Bulawayo Glass and Allied Products tender scam, the company was offered 80 residential stands and six town houses in Selbourne Park in 2004. They were expected in terms of the agreement to fully service the area with sewer, water and roads. The developer was, however, unable to fully service the development citing economic challenges. The company owes the local authority $221 300.
Despite the company’s noted failure to service the stands, councillors in 2014 went on to award the developer a stand to construct town houses, ignoring council management’s advice against the decision.
“The plea was circulated to Management and all objected citing that the developer owed council a significant amount of money and such properties are allocated through tender and allocating him this land would set wrong precedence.
“In light of the Council resolution, the stand in question was valued at $180 000 with a requirement that the purchaser pays a deposit of $72 000. This deposit was to be paid within two weeks of the offer dated 11/09/2014. It is alleged that the company paid the deposit but the proof of payment was not availed to the investigating team,” reads the report.
Among the recommendations passed by the investigating team, council was ordered to sue the company and further repossess the land which was offered to the company for the construction of the town houses.
Clr Gift Banda