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Byo City Council flouts tender

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Bulawayo City Council is entangled in an embarrassing situation which could result in court action after it re-advertised a water-meter replacement tender when it had a running contract with a local company owned by Pumula MP Albert Mhlanga.
Mhlanga, who is a former deputy mayor of the city, owns Bulawayo Plumber Supplies, which holds the contract.
Yesterday Mhlanga said he was surprised to learn that the same tender was being advertised.
“I was surprised to see the same tender I was awarded advertised in the local press. The last written communication from council was advising me that due to their poor financial situation, the contract had to be suspended.
“The same letter stated that it would be resumed once their finances improved,” said Mhlanga.
But yesterday council placed an advert number 2565 (contract 20/2010) signed by town clerk Middleton Nyoni.
“City of Bulawayo invites tenders from suitably qualified and experienced contractors to install replacement water meters throughout the city ranging in size from 15mm to 150mm. Altogether there will be approximately 5 000 water meters to be installed,” read part of the tender advertisement. A compulsory tender briefing is scheduled for August 3.
Mhlanga was awarded a contract to install 10 000 water meters throughout Bulawayo and it was divided into zones.
But by the time the tender was suspended, Bulawayo Plumber Suppliers had covered significant ground, Mhlanga said. “For instance in Hillside I was meant to install 193 meters and I had already installed 100 when I was stopped. Within the city centre I had installed 55 from an initial 130 meters.

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