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Oct 20, 2017

P.M., Kareem spar over Fabers Road

Kareem Musa

Kareem Musa, Caribbean Shores area representative and attorney for Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, is awaiting the formal response from the Ministry of Works to peruse the contract for the re-construction of Faber’s Road among other things. But today he could not resist the opportunity to personally challenge the Prime Minister over what he sees as deception in the handling of the contract. Musa points to the Ministry’s press statement last Friday which identified a ‘selective tendering procedure’ as being used to secure Imer Hernandez’s near-eight million dollar bid. But today the Prime Minister contended, as he did on Wednesday, that the tender was never selective, but limited by circumstances.

 

Kareem Musa, Area Representative, Caribbean Shores

“According to the Ministry the government employed the selective tendering process and it was at this point that everything went downhill for them because according to the very clear language of section 20 of the finance and audit reform act minster, it states and I quote madam speaker if I may refer to my notes. When undertaking a procurement or sale using the selective tendering procedure the government shall ensure that the number of applicable suppliers or purchasers invited to submit a tender is sufficient to ensure competition without affecting efficiency in the tendering process. Now we know madam speaker or rather I should say I know for a fact and soon the nation will find out if it is that the C.E.O. decides to answer the request for freedom under the freedom of information act as to how many tenders. But I know for a fact that there was only one contractor that put in a bid for this particular scope f works and that will come to light very shortly. So madam speaker the government realized that when they issued that press release there was no way that it could have fallen under the selective tendering procedure because it was only one contractor that submitted a bid. So, like the Houdini that he is the Prime Minister then called a Press Conference and made absolutely no mention of a selective tendering procedure which they said in their press release.”

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“When I had the press conference and I explained the entire sequence of events it is perfectly obvious, completely evident that it was the limited tender procedure that was used. It was not the selective tender procedure. That having been established as a matter of fact, then the only issue id whether this limited tendering procedure was properly used and my friend you can sit there and quarrel with me until the cows come home, you are entitled to your analysis of the circumstances, your are entitled to your characterization of the circumstances but you will never sway me. I am completely convinced that the circumstances more than justified the use of the limited tendering procedure.”

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1 Response for “P.M., Kareem spar over Fabers Road”

  1. Alex Lo says:

    what circumstances justifies the limited tendering, ‘the milking of the Belizean cow’? Mein we need to pray for wisdom for our leaders.

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