THE US$1,2 million vehicle procurement deal by the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) has been revisited and it emerged that the eventual supplier outsmarted other bidders by virtue of having readily available vehicles on the ground, Zim Morning Post can report.
This publication established that the tightly contested contract pitted Amtec, Croco Motors and Paza Busters but the rightful candidate was supposed to have a readily available fleet for prompt delivery.
Paza Busters emerged the right candidate since it had a fleet with the vehicles that were ordered by NSSA at their Seke road depot.
“The deal was not complicated as it may seem. Well, yes management naturally considered the pricing regime, quality of product and all due diligence was made but they wanted a company which has an already available fleet on site,” revealed our inside source.
“This was obviously a cost cutting measure in regards turnaround time and all sundry. A company called Paza Busters was therefore awarded the contract because they met the required prerequisites,” the source added.
This puts to rest speculation that there were irregularities in the awarding of the contract in question.
In an interview with the Zim Morning Post, Nssa Marketing and Communications Executive Tendai Mutsekwa confirmed that his organisation acquired a new fleet of vehicles procedurally.
“NSSA’s current motor vehicle fleet is antiquated and very expensive to maintain. Constant breakdowns are derailing the efficient execution of the NSSA mandate,” Mutsekwa said.
“It was critical to replace the fleet urgently given the constant price hikes as a result of inflation. The NSSA board approved the budget for vehicle replacements early 2019.”
“Due process was followed in purchasing the vehicles, including following all the PRAZ procedures,” Mutsekwa continued.
Mutsekwa said: “One of the bidders that initially won the tender changed its prices by over 80% when the bids were still valid, and in terms of the law NSSA proceeded to award the next compliant bidders for each lot in line with Section 55 of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Asses (PPDPA) Act (Chapter 22:23).“
“The next compliant bidders failed to confirm their bids and NSSA proceeded by way of Section 42 of the Act,” he added.
All eyes have been on NSSA following a damning audit report that exposed some malpractices that saw the sacking of some top executives.
The new board, however, vowed to bring in a new broom to sweep the rot and they have made justice to the claim thus far.