Kericho County government has dismissed claims of underhand dealings in the award of a Sh42.3 million ambulances and truck supply tender.
This comes against the backdrop of a dispute pitting Toyota Kenya Ltd, which lost the tender, and the winner, Delta Equipment Ltd, before the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA).
The three fully equipped ambulances were bought at Sh34.5 million, while the truck to be used in outreach programmes cost Sh7.8 million.
The lower bidder
Toyota Kenya lodged a complaint with PPRA on April 23, demanding re-evaluation and fair award of the tender. It claimed it lost although it quoted Sh35 million, making it the lower bidder.
Mr Thomas Odhiambo, the manager in charge of complaints, investigations and enforcement at PPRA, has as a result written to the county to provide the tender documents and state how it was awarded.
Governor Paul Chepkwony has, however, dismissed irregularity claims, asserting that the county has always complied with the requirements of the Public Procurement and Assets Disposal Act, 2015 and its regulations.
"We remain open to scrutiny and ready to cooperate with any government agency in carrying out investigations on this matter to its logical conclusion," he said.
The successful and unsuccessful bidders were said to have been notified on the tender outcome by the county.
Nominated MCA Abdul Kassim has sought, through the assembly, to establish if Toyota Kenya claims are true, and whether the county could have lost money through the tender.
Free of manipulation
County Secretary Joel Bett has also written to the PPRA in response, stating that the tender was above board, free of manipulation and carried out in accordance with the rules and regulations governing procurement of government stores, equipment and services.