23 February 2013

Zambia: ACC to Oversee Road Tender Process

PARLIAMENT heard yesterday that Government has engaged officers from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to oversee tender evaluations of road construction contracts.

Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Deputy Minister Mwimba Malama said ACC officers were involved in the evaluation and processing of tenders.

The Deputy Minister said this was aimed at ensuring transparency in the processing of road contracts.

He said Government through Road Development Agency (RDA) was streamlining procurement operations in the road sector.

Mr Malama told the House that Government was developing a procurement manual for the RDA based on provisions of the Public Procurement Act and its regulations.

"Government has also identified that a key activity in the procurement process is that of tender evaluation," he said.

He was responding to Patriotic Front Kabwe Member of Parliament James Kapyanga who wanted to know what measures Government was taking to ensure transparency in awarding road construction contracts.

Mr Malama said Government had embarked on development of an evaluation guide in the form of a handbook for the road sector to be circulated by the RDA to all other road sector agencies.

He, however, said some bidders abused some appeal procedures as procurements were unnecessarily delayed.

Meanwhile, Agriculture and Livestock Minister Bob Sichinga assured farmers that there was no risk of Contagious Bovine Plueuro Pneumonia (CBPP) as Government was monitoring the situation.

Mr Sichinga said Zambeef last year imported 500 cattle from Tanzania in which eight out of 11 samples which were collected from the animals tested positive for CBPP.

He told the House in a ministerial statement that infected animals were slaughtered and the quarantine exercise remained effective until April 1, 2013.

Mr Sichinga said active surveillance was being maintained between Nakonde and Mpongwe districts to ensure that there was no risk of CBPP occurring along the route.

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