Parliament of Zimbabwe has cancelled the tender for the supply of laptops and desktops by private companies Blinart Investments and Mid-End Computers and Hardware.
Blinart Investments P/L got the laptop tender after offering to supply the 173 laptops for US$1,602,755.77 which translates to $9,200 per laptop. Apparently this was the best deal Parliament could get. Mid-End Computers and Hardware won the tender to supply the 79 desktop machines for just over $3000 each.
There has been a public outcry over these tenders with politicians across the political landscape calling for heads to roll.
In a letter to one Dennis Sakala, Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda said Parliament had cancelled the tender in the interest of the public.
“The above subject matter refers. In accordance with section 42 (I) (f) of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets At (Chapter 22.231, you are hereby notified that the tender for the Supply and Delivery of 173 Laptops and 79 All in One Desktops, tender number POZ/DOM/013/2022 has been cancelled in the public interest. It is the Parliament of Zimbabwe’s considered view that it is not morally and prudentially justifiable to purchase goods at the tendered price,” said Chokuda
He added that “The procurement requirements shall be re-tendered in due course.”