Government cancels tender for overpriced laptops

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the herald

Africa Moyo

A bloated tender for the supply of laptops and desktops to parliament was canceled and the two companies were blacklisted by the government.

The two companies are Blinart Investments P/L, which wanted to supply 79 desktops and Mid-End Computers and Hardware wanted to supply 173 laptops.

The laptops were each valued at $9,264.48, while the desktops were each valued at $3,076.61.

The Treasury, which recently said it had stopped paying the overvalued bills, wrote to the Clerk of Parliament, Mr Kennedy Chokuda, on September 14, saying the tender had been cancelled.

The Permanent Secretary for Finance and Economic Development, Mr. George Guvamatanga, said: “Treasury notes with concern that these vendors charge $9,264.48 and $3,076.61 respectively for a laptop and a desktop computer.

“These US dollar prices have been exorbitantly inflated far beyond those prevailing in the market and are therefore not acceptable.

“The high prices notwithstanding, this tender is in complete disregard of the Treasury minute dated August 3, 2022, directing line ministries to ensure value for money for government and, therefore, streamline all procurement processes in order to operate within the limits of the willing buyer willing seller exchange rate.

“In this regard and to ensure value for money for the Government, in accordance with the Public Financial Management Act (Chapter 22:19) which empowers the Treasury to manage and control public resources, the Treasury directs that this call for tenders be canceled and that the suppliers concerned be blacklisted from any future public procurement process.”

The letter was copied to Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Prof. Mthuli Ncube, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr. Misheck Sibanda, and Auditor General, Ms. Mildred Chiri, among others.

An image believed to be the offices of Blinart Investments, broke the internet over its appearance, with citizens wondering if anything good could come out of this office.

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