|‘No need to penalise firms over incomplete projects’|
|Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00|
efforts to strengthen efficiency and transparency in the tendering system.
The Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Investment Promotion said there was need for proper monitoring for those firms that won tenders to avoid delays in completing projects.
The Committee said this when it tabled a report on the operations of the SPB.
“The Committee was concerned about the lack of a monitoring mechanism to ensure that non-performing contractors are held to account. It established serious shortcomings in terms of implementing and monitoring of contracts awarded by the SPB,” said Mr Madzimure while tabling the report.
Zvishavane MP, Cde Obert Matshalaga (Zanu-PF), echoed the same sentiments saying there was need for punitive actions for those who took long to complete projects.
“There is a legislative weakness as there are no penalties if companies fail to perform. The SPB just awards tenders, the supervision is left entirely to different entities.”
Stakeholders cited the challenge arising from the centralisation of the SPB offices in Harare.
“To circumvent this challenge, the Committee agrees with stakeholders’ proposal for the decentralisation of the SPB offices beginning with the major towns. Stakeholders also proposed that the SPB should establish a website from which forms can be downloaded and documents submitted electronically for the Board’s consideration.”
The Committee also noted that there were delays in awarding of tenders, a development that culminates in the delay of project implementation and escalation of prices of goods and services.
“The Committee submits that the maximum time the SPB should take in processing projects of a complex nature should be three months and the rest should be disposed of in relatively shorter periods of time. The Administrative Court should assist by giving priority to appeals on the SPB decisions brought to its attention.”
“The Committee therefore proposes that all tenders with a value of less $100 000 be awarded without review but that they be submitted to the SPB for oversight and audit,” read the report.
It was noted that some foreign firms were bringing their own labour, bricks and other raw materials.