Saturday, September 23, 2023

Bango Trading scrutinized over “easy come” tenders

Details have emerged showing that Bango Trading, a company that was recently awarded tenders running into millions of Pula under questionable circumstances was at one stage the subject of a parliamentary query. At the time, former Member of Parliament for Gaborone North Haskins Nkaigwa had expressed concern that Bango Trading was among companies that repeatedly won multi-million Pula tenders disadvantaging other local companies. Documents show that Bango Trading was initially awarded the Gumare-Sepopa tender worth more than P110 million on 23 August 2022.

This tender was “for a works contract for the procurement of shoulder reinstatement and asphalt overlay  of Gumare-Sepopa road (70 KM).”  The company later applied for a variation of contract from 70 kilometres to 34 kilometres for provision of shoulders reinstatement and asphalt overlay of Gumare-Sepopa road at amount of P80, 009,904.28 from P110,594,150.68. The Department of Roads requested for the variation of the tender no: MTC 240/5//46/2021-2022(5). This was approved by the Ministry of Transport and Public Works Procurement Oversight Unit on 22, 2023. Insiders said other bidders could have been invited to participate since this is now a new project with different scopes.

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