MPs quiz cereals board over Sh401m bag tender
Defended boardBut Mr Kimote defended the board, saying it was true that Sh401.5 million was incurred on procurement of gunny bags; where 2.7 million bags were supplied by Greenland Suppliers having been the least evaluated. “This was an open tender which was advertised in two dailies and 25 firms participated in the tender in which Greenland Suppliers was least evaluated,” said Kimote. He further said that 525,000 gunny bags were supplied by three different firms on different dates within the financial year. He disclosed that the first 400,000 pieces of branded woven polypropylene bags were procured through restrictive tendering method in which seven firms were invited, but after evaluation, Texplast Industries was awarded the tender at a cost of Sh28.08 per bag. According to Kimote, another 50,000, 50kg branded woven polypropylene were requested and were procured through request for quotations in accordance with the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015. Five firms were invited, he said, but only two firms Rai Plywoods (K) Limited and Texplast Industries responded and returned their quotations. “The quotations were analysed and Texplast Industries Limited was successful at a cost of Sh30.70 per bag,” he said. But Suna West MP Peter Masara questioned why the cost of the bags kept on fluctuating from Sh28 to Sh30 and Sh38, adding that one firm scooped four tenders out of six available tenders within six months. “I find this very suspicious that only one firm can win four tenders out of six in which some tenders were restricted. Why was this so?” questioned Masara.
Did homeworkMs Letting told the committee that they were well-versed on the firms involved in the manufacture of gunny bags. “We had done our work and knew the companies manufacturing the gunny bags,” Letting told the committee. Two firms procured the jute bags, three other companies were awarded the tender to supply the polypropylene bags, among them being Rai Plywoods that supplied 45,000 bags for Sh1.72 million and Trans Global Distributors at Sh561,400.
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