OPINION: The Politics of Procurement-A Case of Fire Tenders

Does anyone remember the debate around the printing of ballot papers in the April 2016? Does this list not ring a bell? Note that the bids were quoted in United States dollars. Renform 1,398,360, UniPrint 1,522,864, Fongda (AVIC) 1,956,057, Paarl … Continued

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Does anyone remember the debate around the printing of ballot papers in the April 2016? Does this list not ring a bell? Note that the bids were quoted in United States dollars. Renform 1,398,360, UniPrint 1,522,864, Fongda (AVIC) 1,956,057, Paarl media 2,125,891, Tall Security 2,875,689 and Al Ghurair 3,101,000 Renform did put up a challenge against the awarding of the tender to the most expensive supplier who turned out to be Dubai based company Al Ghurair. With effect to the 42 fire tenders that have been expensively purchased at US$42 million against lower bids that went as low as US$36 million we need to be conscious of the system we are up against. In truth the purchase is not going to be reversed and as in the case of the ballot papers a rival bidder is the one that has turned out to be loudest critic. Maybe we should reflect on this disposition. Fifteen companies put up bids with United Kingdom based company that is at the head of the protests named Albion Export Services pushing a US$49 million bid. Note that is the debate rages on that the Ministry had also specified the type of fire tenders and service equipment required on each fire lorry. Eventually the tender was awarded to Grandview International Ltd to supply 42 fire tenders and safety equipment at an award sum of $42million. But Albion Services disputed the award and appealed to the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) with their objection thrown out. Is this therefore a closed case? What then should the debate focus on? Does the Zambia Public Procurement Authority ever reverse a deal once it is closed? What can people with legitimate grounds to challenge the US$42 million fire tenders purchase? If the deal really stinks what then should the citizenry do? What about having a closer look at the loud mouths that are at the head of the protests? Are they merely championing this debate as a result of being beaten to the corrupt game of tenderpreneurship? No matter how hard people may feel about this transaction it could appear that it is a done deal with no way back for the people that have implemented it. But then we should all be concerned about the concerns raised on the quality of the fire tenders that have been allegedly branded inferior. So while we are still at it bickering about the tender process maybe we should do better to refer to the past on how nothing has ever been done with regards to protestations about allegedly corruptly awarded tenders. The post OPINION: The Politics of Procurement-A Case of Fire Tenders appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Coach Seninga Weighs in as Agaciro Tourney Curtain Falls

[New Times] Despite finishing in fourth place in this year’s Agaciro Tourney over the weekend, head Coach Innocent Seninga thinks it was an ideal preparation for his side as they picked positives to focus on in the upcoming 2017/2018 league season.

[New Times] Despite finishing in fourth place in this year's Agaciro Tourney over the weekend, head Coach Innocent Seninga thinks it was an ideal preparation for his side as they picked positives to focus on in the upcoming 2017/2018 league season.

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FAZ CEO Abandons Ethics; Awards His Firm CAF Branding Deal

FAZ general secretary Ponga Liwewe has admitted to awarding his firm, Mpila Zambia, a branding deal facilitated by the Confederations of African Football (CAF). This follows recent revelations from a Facebook post that claimed Liwewe’s firm was responsible for branding … Continued

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FAZ general secretary Ponga Liwewe has admitted to awarding his firm, Mpila Zambia, a branding deal facilitated by the Confederations of African Football (CAF). This follows recent revelations from a Facebook post that claimed Liwewe’s firm was responsible for branding and setting up match venue advertisements during Confederations of African Football (CAF) fixtures in Zambia. Liwewe has told close associates he has had the deal to brand stadiums even before he became FAZ general secretary, a statement that does not correspond with the facts surrounding the deal. Sources have disclosed that the branding deal which is done through a CAF agent known as Lagardere was previously handled by a spouse of a former FAZ executive committee member. Following a change in the administration at Football House in March 2016, the branding deal floated to the association CEO by Lagardere. It’s believed that the deal is worth between K250, 000 to K500, 000 with each match played involving either Zanaco or Zesco and their respective opponents in CAF games attracting an additional K10, 000 for field set up. Zanaco have since been eliminated from the Champions League so Mpila Zambia will now only provide the services to Zesco United who are still in contention for honours in the Confederations Cup. While the FAZ/Mpila Zambia deal is the latest potential financial and unethical scandal to rock local football, Lagardere is not new to controversy. In January this year, CAF was forced to fend off reports by Egyptian press that the France-based sports firm was involved in inappropriate deals. CAF stated that after evaluating the different offers submitted, and in strict compliance with the existing contractual clauses, agreed to renew the contract with Lagardère Sports for the 2017-2028 cycle. This was done in June 2015. CAFONLINE reported in January that the contract with Lagardere guaranteed African football a substantial increase in revenues and substantial funding for the development of football on the continent. CAF explained that the contract with Lagardère Sports did not contravene national or supranational legislation, as established by categorical legal opinions in this regard. The post FAZ CEO Abandons Ethics; Awards His Firm CAF Branding Deal appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Pres. Lungu Raises Key Concerns in UN Address

President Edgar Lungu has picked up the cause of young girls on the sidelines of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. And President Lungu has addressed the 72nd United Nations General Assembly will a call for reforms to the Security … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu has picked up the cause of young girls on the sidelines of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. And President Lungu has addressed the 72nd United Nations General Assembly will a call for reforms to the Security Council. The Head of State who is named African Union Child Rights Ambassador bared his thoughts at a side conference hosted by UNICEF and the Canadian government. He was jointly addressing the conference with Uganda President Yoweri Museveni and Malawi’s Peter Wa Mutharika. President Lungu said that the target of ending child marriages by 2030 was achievable. He said that the need to end child child marraiges by 2030 required commitment. President Lungu said that children rarely made the top list of priorities but stressed that they were the most important component as they represented the future. President Lungu joined 193 Heads of State across the world and delivered his speech on Tuesday. He pressed Africa’s case before a global audience with the call for the reformation of the United Nations. He singled out the United Nations Security Council that needed to be reformed in order to be more representative of the all countries. The post Pres. Lungu Raises Key Concerns in UN Address appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Runtown, Sheebah to Shoot Video in Kigali

[New Times] Nigerian artiste Runtown and Ugandan queen of dancehall Sheebah Karungi are expected in Kigali this week ahead of the highly anticipated “Runtown Kigali Experience” on September 23 at Amahoro Stadium’s main parking lot in Remera.

[New Times] Nigerian artiste Runtown and Ugandan queen of dancehall Sheebah Karungi are expected in Kigali this week ahead of the highly anticipated "Runtown Kigali Experience" on September 23 at Amahoro Stadium's main parking lot in Remera.

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Rwanda Police Return Three Stolen Vehicles to South African Owners

[New Times] Barnard Kobus , a South African farmer in Free State Province lost his Toyota Land Cruiser truck in August 2012. He was in a prayer room with a friend when unknown people came and took away two of the cars that were parked outside, includin…

[New Times] Barnard Kobus , a South African farmer in Free State Province lost his Toyota Land Cruiser truck in August 2012. He was in a prayer room with a friend when unknown people came and took away two of the cars that were parked outside, including his.

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Lumwana Radiants Switch Off Zesco

Minnows Lumwana Radiants gave Zesco United a rude awakening with a 3-0 bashing three days before the Ndola giants face South Africa’s SuperSport United in the quarterfinal of the CAF Confederation Cup second leg. In a delayed Week 28 match … Continued

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Minnows Lumwana Radiants gave Zesco United a rude awakening with a 3-0 bashing three days before the Ndola giants face South Africa’s SuperSport United in the quarterfinal of the CAF Confederation Cup second leg. In a delayed Week 28 match played at 18:00 hours at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium Zesco were second rate as Chisenga Lukwembe hit the back of the net in the 45th minute. Lumwana Radiants struck again in the 73rd minute before Eddie Sinyangwe completed the rout in the 90th minute to pile doubts on the credentials of Zlatko Krmpotic whom fans have been quietly calling for his head. Zesco United drew 0-all in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup against SuperSport United with the two sides closing the contest this Saturday at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium. The post Lumwana Radiants Switch Off Zesco appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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