Treasury blacklists two firms

By Owen Mandovha

TREASURY’s crackdown on fraudulent contracts continues, as two companies have been blacklisted for inflating prices for the supply of laptops and desktop computers to Parliament.

In a letter written to the Clerk of Parliament, Mr Kennedy Chokuda, Secretary for Finance, Mr George Guvamatanga queried the listed price for the supply of 173 laptops at a total cost of US$1.6 million, which translates to a whopping US$9 000 for a single laptop.

Mr Guvamatanga further instructed the cancelation of the tender which violates the Public Finance Management Act.

He also directed that the suppliers be blacklisted from all government tender processes.

The development vindicates Treasury for its hard stance in cracking down on fraudulent and highly inflated contracts, which have been depriving the State of financial resources or destabilising the foreign exchange rate market.