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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Circus on lease of police cars persists

Companies that bid for the Sh26m lease of police vehicle by the Office of the President are now calling on the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission to investigate alleged irregularities in the process.
It has now emerged that one of the company awarded the tender to lease 400 vehicles worth Sh6.6b did not have garages around the country which was part of the requirement. The said company received the award letter from the National Treasury for lease of vehicles that it did not qualify for in the initial evaluation done by the tender committee.
Investigations further prove that engine capacity for some vehicles was conveniently altered to favour another company. To show how corrupt the process was, some leading companies which also sent their bid such as General Motors and RMA Motors wrote letters of concern to the cabinet secretary Treasury, principal secretary Treasury and the Public Procurement Oversight Authority through a letter dated September 12 2014 but to date they have not received any response.
In one of the award documents dated September 30 2014 signed by the principal secretary Treasury Kamau Thugge, the vehicles were to be delivered to the police by October 15 2014. But what has surprised many is that the contract was signed by Thugge and not his deputy who sits in the tender committee.
It is feared that instead of awarding CMC  the tender for lease of 300 vehicles  in lot 8 and 9  at a tender sum of Sh2.7b and Sh2.1b respectively, the treasury has altered the lease and instead awarded CMC a tender to lease 230 four-wheel drive Ford Ranger Double Cabin pick-up vehicles at Sh2,408,744,920 for four years  and an extra Sh65 per extra mileage.
We have also gathered that CMC has also been awarded another tender for lease of 150 Ford Ranger diesel four-wheel drive pick-up vehicles  for Sh1,570,920,600 for four years and an extra Sh65 per extra kilometre.
Investigations further reveal that prices quoted in the tender opening  (Financial) attended by representatives of Toyota EA, ECTA, Urysia, RMA, CMC and General motors for LOTs 1-9 differ from those indicated in the award letters  dated September 30 2014.
CMC was again awarded another tender for 150 Ford Ranger single cabin four-wheel drive with an engine capacity of between 2200cc and 2700cc at a cost of Sh1,336,226,650 for four years.
It is claimed the awarding letter also altered in the tender document to favour CMC Motors. By the time of tendering, CMC did not have valid manufacturers authorisation from Ford Motors International for the 48 months of the duration of the lease.
General Motors was the lowest bidder in LOT 9 at Sh2,180,236 for 150 units  as opposed CMC who quoted Sh2,198,792 yet CMC has been awarded the tender and against CMS was awarded lease for 530 vehicles against a qualification of 300 vehicles.