Wednesday, January 27, 2021

CAA cancels controversial multimillion tenders under curious circumstances

The Civil Aviation Authority has cancelled the controversial tenders for tenancy in new terminal buildings at Sir Seretse Khama Airport three weeks after High Court Judge Michael Leburu interdicted the authority from awarding the tenders.

Justice Leburu interdicted the multi million Pula tenders following an application by Produce Link, which queried that the tendering process was faulty and fell short of basic rules of transparency fair and open competition imperative in tendering procedures.

The Civil Aviation Authority has since issued a notice that the tender has been cancelled. The notice that was advertised in local newspapers informed that they shall be duly advised when the tenders are advertised for re tender in future and that bidders who had purchased tender documents for the tender will not be required to pay for tender documents on re-tendering.
“Finally that bidders are informed that a site meeting, though not compulsory, is advisable that bidders visit the site,” reads the advert.

Asked to comment on the withdrawal of the tender, Onalethata Kambai of Bayford and Associates, who is acting for the complainant, confirmed that he had the advert in newspapers.

He, however, told Sunday Standard that “as far as we are concerned the matter is still before the Court and the return date for the interim order issued recently will be on the 9th of June and we will honour that”. He further stated that he was still waiting for his client for further instructions.

Secretary of the CAAB Management Tender Committee, Peter Sebolao, declined to comment on the cancellation of the tender stating: “I will not comment on that.”

The authority’s Public Relations officer, Punah Serati, could not comment as he was said to be tied up in meetings.

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