Olive Telecommunications wins laptops tender

Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi said this was the lowest bidder compared to Haier Electrical Appliances Corporation Limited and Hewlett-Packard, HP who were also shortlisted/XINHUA FILE

Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi said this was the lowest bidder compared to Haier Electrical Appliances Corporation Limited and Hewlett-Packard, HP who were also shortlisted/XINHUA FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 7 – The Education Ministry has awarded Olive Telecommunications PVT Limited the tender for supply of laptops to public primary schools at a cost of Sh24.6billion.

Making the announcement, Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi said this was the lowest bidder compared to Haier Electrical Appliances Corporation Limited and Hewlett-Packard, HP who were also shortlisted.

The company is expected to distribute 400,000 laptops to various schools in the first batch before the end of March this year.

“It is possible to award a tender to a company that claims to have an office yet it doesn’t even exist. To find a company that doesn’t even have the capability from a technical perspective. The result of our evaluation indicates that Olive Telecommunication PVT Limited is the lowest and most advantageous bidder,” Kaimenyi told journalists.

He says the government will save about Sh8billion compared to the previous cancelled tender which quoted at Sh32 billion.

The CS maintained that he could not disclose the details of the company or the quotations by the rest of the bidders adding that it was not in line with the procurement process.

Kaimenyi in the meantime denied claims that Olive Telecommunications had not met all the qualifications during the awarding of the tender adding that company had the financial, legal and technical capabilities.

“We don’t make decisions on claims, on rumours; it is not advisable. This company has the capacity and the capability to do exactly what is expected of them away from rumours. Because as a nation we cannot make decisions based on claims,” Kaimenyi maintained.

The international competitive bidding process closed on November 21 last year with the final negotiations with all the bidders closing on December 10.

“On Tuesday December 10, the Ministry engaged in competitive negotiations with the three bidders and asked them to provide the Best and Final Offer (BAFO). The bidders submitted their best offers on December 13, 2013,” Kaimenyi clarified.

In its evaluation, the CS said his ministry used what he termed as Specially Permitted Procedure which takes the negotiations approach.

Over 1.3 million laptops are set to be bought plus 20,367 projectors and 20,367 printers for the whole project.

MARGARET WAHITO

MARGARET WAHITO

Margaret has been a business reporter for the past four years. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Communications and Public Relations from Moi University. She also holds a diploma in Film and Video production from the Kenya institute of Mass Communications. Apart from journalism, she has interest in community work, especially helping the disadvantaged.

  • Daniel

    It is rather unfortunate that the ministry has decided to place such an important project into the hands of a firm with no credible track record in supplying information technology devices. Problematic issues will definitely come up a few years from now on matters of quality. I will not be surprised if a sizable proportion of the gadgets become faulty within the first year of use. According to the original requirements, the winning firm had to be a
    manufacturer. I am surprised that the Indian firm has managed to dupe ministry
    officials that it owns manufacturing plants in China. There is no way anyone could
    expect a good deal from a broker. A casual look at private companies will
    reveal that none can commit a fraction of that amount to procure computers from
    some unknown entity. As it has happened before, this is another decision we will live to regret.