Harare City Council had to cancel a tender process for water purification chemicals after revelations that some of the companies were corruptly given access to test their chemicals at Morton Jaffray before submitting bids.
In Council minutes presented recently it was stated that 4 of the bidding companies, Nanotech Water Solutions P/L, Water Dimensions International, Aqua Global and Microlab Scientific where given the opportunity to pretest their solutions and allowed access to Norton Jaffray Waterworks before the tender was flighted.
“Of these companies mentioned the Committee further noted that only one company (Nanotech) was compliant and that the companies after being afforded to test their solutions prepared a report then participated in the open process.”
“The firm, Nanotech Solutions, produced a report of their solutions which used three chemicals and the tender specifications appear to have been tailored to solutions provided by those that were given an unfair opportunity to test their solutions”, it said.
According to the Committee one giveaway sign in the tender requirement was a stipulation that the bidders had to offer the solution of a three chemical solution which was in tandem with offers from those who conducted pretests.
Thus the Committee ruled that the process was not neutral and the playing field was not level since the tender specifications were tailored towards the water solutions of those that had conducted pretests for their solutions.
This latest gaffe is another drawback in Harare’s bid to provide clean and safe water following months of struggling.
Recently Harare Provincial Minister Chidawu castigated the Town Clerk for failing to come up with solutions and accused Council of sleeping on duty.
Chidawu said as government they have provided enough money but up to now both the money and clean water are nowhere to be found.
The Minister has since given a directive that Harare Council source for water purification chemicals locally from Chemplex so as to erase the challenge of foreign currency.