Teach­ers await PPOA de­ci­sion on med­i­cal cover

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Teach­ers this week ex­pect a quicker rul­ing on an ap­peal case filed by Clark­son In­sur­ance Bro­kers con­cern­ing the teach­ers’ med­i­cal cover ten­der to al­low a flaw­less pro­vi­sion of med­i­cal care. Knut sec­re­tary gen­eral Wil­son Sos­sion (pic­tured) said teach­ers should not suf­fer be­cause of the ten­der wars. “We ex­pect a quicker de­ci­sion and to get the win­ner of the ten­der to sign an­other con­tract for teach­ers,” he said. Sos­sion said he be­lieves the ten­der was done above­board. TSC has one week to sign the med­i­cal cover con­tract. The Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity is ex­pected to look into Clark­son’s com­plaint of not hav­ing been eval­u­ated af­ter be­ing knocked out on tech­ni­cal grounds. Clark­son quoted the low­est bid of Sh14.7 bil­lion, but was not eval­u­ated af­ter its bid was “found to be non-re­spon­sive, given that they did not meet a num­ber of manda­tory re­quire­ments”. AON’s quotation was Sh15.3 bil­lion for Op­tion 1 and Sh27.3 bil­lion for Op­tion 2, while Li­ai­son quoted Sh16.5 bil­lion for Op­tion 1 and Sh53.8 bil­lion for Op­tion 2. The Star’s in­ves­ti­ga­tions have es­tab­lished that Clark­son was sup­posed to pro­vide a bid bond of Sh145 mil­lion, but only pre­sented a Sh130 mil­lion bond. On the other hand, AoN was re­quired to put up a bid bond of Sh153 mil­lion, but man­aged to present a to­tal Sh280 mil­lion, di­vided as Sh180 mil­lion and an ex­tra one of Sh100 mil­lion, “well above the ten­der re­quire­ments”. On Septem­ber 8, TSC awarded the ten­der to AoN based on its first year quotation of Sh4.54 bil­lion. Clark­son quoted Sh4.96 bil­lion. TSC chief ex­ec­u­tive Nancy Macharia said, “The one-year ten­der is sub­ject to re­newal for the sec­ond and third year upon sat­is­fac­tory per­for­mance and avail­abil­ity of the funds.”

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