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Parliament Says The Blacklisted Companies Had Better Prices Compared To Competitors

Parliament Says The Blacklisted Companies Had Better Prices Compared To Competitors

The Parliament of Zimbabwe has said all procurement requirements were met in choosing the two companies that eventually won tender to supply laptops and desktops. In a statement seen by Pindula News, the clerk of Parliament, Kennedy Chokuda said the two companies, Blinart Investments P/L ANCE and Mid-End Computers and Hardware (P/L) had the lowest prices compared to their competitors. Reads the statement that was issued after Treasury cancelled the tenders and blacklisted the two companies citing exorbitantly inflated prices:

PRESS STATEMENT ON PROCUREMENT OF ICT EQUIPMENT FOR PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE

1. The Parliament of Zimbabwe notes with concern the circulation of official documents on social media regarding the procurement of ICT equipment for the institution. This statement is, therefore, issued in the public interest to set the record straight on the matter.

2. It is a fact that Parliament did go to tender with the view to purchasing various ICT equipment that forms part of the tools of the trade for Parliament. In total compliance with the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act and our Procurement Plan, the tender was duly advertised in the local media on 19th and 23rd June 2022 and in the Government Gazette on 15th June 2022 requesting potential suppliers to submit their bids for the supply of the ICT equipment.

3. In compliance with the national procurement procedures, the submissions were duly considered by the Evaluation Committee and forwarded for further scrutiny by the Special Oversight Procurement Committee (SPOC). It is during these processes that two companies were cleared as meeting the set criteria, including the lowest price submissions payable in local currency.

4. According to procurement regulations, it is a mandatory requirement that all bidders are made aware of the results of the tender process as reflected in the said signed letter being circulated on social media.

5. However, while all the procurement processes had been adhered to and cognizant of the need to exercise prudence and probity in all procurement processes, our due diligence processes indicated that the prices quoted were highly inflated. It is at this particular point that on Friday 9th August 2022. I, as the Accounting Officer, directed the Parliament’s Director Procurement Unit, in the presence of the Director Audit, to initiate cancellation of the tender and to proceed with retendering as the quoted prices were not justified. It is in this regard, that no contract has been signed with any of the two suppliers, and no payment processes have been activated in respect of the two suppliers.

6. As an institution of Parliament, we continually review our procurement processes and procedures and this incident provides an opportunity for us to reflect on our processes to make them more tight and robustly transparent.

7. Parliament wishes to inform the public that we are conscious of our responsibility to the nation and it will always be guided by the need to get value for money in all its procurement processes.

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10 Comments

Maparamuro 4 months ago

Something is not right here, someone is being economic with the truth. Why would the Ministry of Finance make a statement that it had canceled the tender and blacklisted the companies if no request to make payments had been submitted to it huh???? Statement from finance does not say parliament canceled the tender. If the prices of the winners were inflated how were those of the losers?? Pakaipa


INTERESTED ONLOOKER 4 months ago

Parliament is lying there is no way you can buy a laptop for+US$9000 .


J 4 months ago

probably gaming laptops and big brands too like alien and Asus rogue because thats the only way to try and understand that **** zanu pf price

Anamupurwa 4 months ago

At parliament commitee levels how you do you adjucate and appoint and allocate winner tenders at such ridiculous exorbitant prices well above the abnormal levels after your best assessment and economic cost effective managerial judgement level?


Peter Date 4 months ago

The whole bunch that calls itself the Procurement Unit should be disbanded after t****ugh investigations on their other previous tenders.Staffers of the August house shouldn't be found wanting!Hopefully,Speaker Mudenda won't write a letter like what he did on Mayor WadyeLambo.


Peter Date 4 months ago

The whole bunch that calls itself the Procurement Unit should be disbanded after t****ugh investigations on their other previous tenders.Staffers of the August house shouldn't be found wanting!Hopefully,Speaker Mudenda won't write a letter like what he did on Mayor WadyeLambo.


Maparamuro 4 months ago

I mbavha idzi. They had actually approved the tender and sent it to treasury for payment. Apa vaakutaura zvisina basa


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Cde hondo 4 months ago

Famba George guvamatanga well done. Have a relook at all government tenders not this one only, I'm sure 99% of government tenders will be cancelled because prices are highly inflated


Cde hondo 4 months ago

No to tenderprenuous, some got paid and never delivered. Take action to recover taxpayers money


Maparamuro 4 months ago

ZANU pf yaora vote CCC 2023 mkomana mkomana muoffice



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