$1m ten­der scam at BCC

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Na­tional News -

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.

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