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Bidders cry foul as Judiciary cancels tender on cars disposal

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By Paul Wafula | March 16th 2015

Kenya: Kenyans who bid for 40 high-end luxury vehicles that were rotting away in the Judiciary's car yard are now crying foul after the tender was cancelled.

The Standard has learnt that after the tender was cancelled, the people who were eying the top-of-the-range cars were asked to collect their money.

A letter dated January 25, 2015, to the bidders, which was signed by the Judiciary's director for supply chain management asked the bidders to "arrange to collect" their deposits.

The Judiciary floated a public tender for the disposal of used motor vehicles last December.

The letter seen by The Standard did not however, give any reason for the cancellation.

But when contacted, the Judiciary said the tender was cancelled because the bids received fell below the reserve price.

"Alternative methods of disposal will be discussed and the public will be informed," Mr Naim Bilal, the director, Public Affairs and Communication at Judiciary told The Standard on phone.

This means that it will take much longer to have the vehicles disposed.

However, one of the bidders who requested to remain anonymous because he was still interested in securing the deal at a later stage wondered how all the bids could fall below the reserve price.

"I knew the reserve price was Sh600,000 for one of the vehicles and that is why I placed a bid of Sh650,000," said the bidder.

The tender was floated days after the media highlighted that some of the luxury cars had been abandoned in parking yards with deflated tyres.

The vehicles included 27 Mercedes Benz vehicles, six Peugeot 406s, four Peugeot 504s and two Land Rovers and a Nissan X-Trail.

Most of the vehicles are listed as having been manufactured between 1988 and 2006.

The Public Procurement and Disposal Act allows any procurement entity to terminate at any time procurement proceedings without entering into a contract.

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