Botswana: Kgatleng District Council Cancels Constituency Community Tenders

Mochudi — Mochudi East and Mochudi West constituencies have cancelled tenders for constituency community projects which had been running since the 2017/2018 financial year.

In an interview, Kgatleng District Council senior public relations officer, Mr Isaiah Morewagae said every financial year the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development approved funding amounting to P10 million per constituency.

He said like other councils Kgatleng was expected to start preparing for the projects by carrying out pre-tender activities as early as December of the current financial year. He noted that it included, but was not limited to securing land for projects and floating tenders for the coming year's projects.

Mr Morewagae said the cancelled tenders were floated again following the funding of the programme by the ministry, and that no communication was received indicating any possible change or disruption to the status quo.

He, however, said the ministry informed councils that there would be no funding for the floated tenders for the 2020/2021 financial year as well as the 2021/2022 financial year.

He said it was against this background that Kgatleng District Council had to cancel the said tenders with immediate effect.

He further noted that tender fees were a cost recovery measure and that they were meant to assist the council in reducing, if not recovering all costs, associated with preparation of the tenders.

He also added that tender documents clearly stated that the tender fee was non-refundable, and that it was the bidders' choice whether to buy the tender documents or not.

Mr Morewagae said there were no chances of the tenders being opened before the 2022/2023 financial year unless the council received a change of position from the ministry regarding funding of the concerned community projects.

"As things stand, the ministry has given us a clear indication that the CCP programme for the financial years 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 will not be funded, and that there are no alternative sources of funding nor means of undertaking such projects," he said.

Source: BOPA

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