Thursday, April 2, 2020

DCEC to present ELTEL tender investigations results

The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) says they have completed investigating allegations of corruption in the electrification project of 100 villages.

The tender was awarded to ELTEL, a Swedish heavy electrical installation company.

Allegations of corruption were raised by members of parliament after it turned out that the bid by ELTEL was unsolicited.

It also transpired at the time that there was no open tendering, with the Botswana Power Corporation Chief Executive, John Kaluzi, saying on behalf of government he used the internal owner’s price.
Members of Parliament sought to know if the laid down procedures had been followed.

Member of Parliament for Palapye, Boyce Sebetela, was particularly vocal saying the award of the tender “smelled of corruption.”

At the time, President Festus Mogae pleaded with MPs not to delay the project promising an enquiry.
But in a recent interview with state media, Mogae said the Swedish financiers had pulled out.
He said he was disappointed.

DCEC have called a press briefing for Monday to present their findings.

Mogae’s spokesperson said the Office of the President did not directly lodge the complaint with the DCEC.

He said it could have been done by the line ministry, the Ministry of Energy, following protracted negative publicity the award of the tender attracted.

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