Ansa McAl did not win a ten­der to sup­ply drugs

Weekend Mirror - - EDITORIAL -

Dear Editor,

I write to cor­rect a state­ment made in the Mon­day (Novem­ber 20, 2017) edi­tion of the Kai­eteur News, in an ar­ti­cle head­lined ‘Sole sourc­ing by GPHC, rentals for min­is­ters…Fi­nance min­is­ter, op­po­si­tion clash on mat­ters of ac­count­abil­ity’.

The ar­ti­cle states that: “It won a ten­der to sup­ply drugs and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals to the tune of $605M” re­fer­ring to Ansa McAl.

Please be ad­vised that all avail­able in­for­ma­tion in the pub­lic do­main, in­clud­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Com­mis­sion, in­di­cate that there was no ten­der process and no award made by the NPTAB. As such, it would be in­cor­rect and mis­lead­ing to peddle this line that Ansa McAl won a ten­der.

This in­ac­cu­rate in­ser­tion would have mis­rep­re­sented every ob­jec­tion raised by the PPP/C on this mat­ter. Editor, this in­ac­cu­rate in­ser­tion is also in line with what has re­cently been pointed out by the Op­po­si­tion Leader, whereby Kai­eteur News strate­gi­cally places ‘mit­i­gat­ing’ lines to ex­cuse the il­le­gal­i­ties, in­com­pe­tence and mis­man­age­ment by the APNU+AFC coali­tion govern­ment.

The fact re­mains that this trans­ac­tion be­tween the GPHC and Ansa McAl vi­o­lated the Pro­cure­ment Act of 2003. No ob­fus­ca­tion can rem­edy this mat­ter.

Bishop Juan A Edghill, MP PPP/C

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