THE Zambia Public Procurement Authority has suspended two Lusaka-based firms from participating in public procurement in the country.
Meanwhile, the Drug Enforcement Commission in Lusaka has arrested three civil servants in the Ministry of General Education for money laundering activities involving over K2.7 million.
According to circular No. one of 2019 dated January 28, Budocoro Enterprises and R Phiri Enterprises have both been suspended for one year but no reasons have been cited.
The circular, signed by ZPPA director general Danies Chisenda, was addressed to all controlling officers and permanent secretaries, chief executives of parastatals and statutory bodies and town clerks and council secretaries of local authorities.
The suspension, according to the circular, includes any successor in interest which employs or is associated with any partner and directors of Budocoro Enterprises Limited and R Phiri Enterprises Limited.
“In exercise of the powers vested in the Zambia Public Procurement Authority by Section 65 of the public procurement Act, No. 12 of 2008 and regulation 167 of the public procurement regulations, 2011, be advised that Budocoro Enterprises Limited situated at Plot No. 15864/1080, Kamwala South, P.O Box 222, Lusaka and R Phiri Enterprises Limited situated at Plot No. CI, Misisi compound, P.O Box 32517, Lusaka have been suspended from participating in public procurement in Zambia for a period of one year with effect from the date of this circular,” Chisenda stated.
“You are therefore expected to enforce this suspension by ensuring that you do not: a. Award contracts to Budocoro Enterprises Limited and R Phiri Enterprises Limited, b. Sell or issue solicitation documents to Budocoro Enterprises Limited and R Phiri Enterprises Limited or in any other way invite bids from the two companies and c. Enter into any other dealings or communications with the two companies except in respect of existing contracts placed prior to this suspension.”
Chisenda, however, stated that the suspension did not in any way limit Budocoro Enterprises Limited and R Phiri Enterprises Limited from performing outstanding contracts that were entered into before January 28.
“Procuring entities shall not enter into any new contracts with the two companies after the date of this circular and during the period the suspension is in force,” he stated.
Chisenda further urged named addressees of the circular to see to it that the circular’s contents were implemented and “brought to the attention of all staff under their supervision.”
The Mast could not find the two companies’ profiles.
And the Drug Enforcement Commission identified arrested Lawrence Bwalya Phiri, 46, an accountant of Civic Centre area in Lusaka, Eliya Mwale, 41 of house number 238, Chamba Valley, and Vengi Sinda, 58 a standards officer residing in Olympia Teachers’ Compound for theft.
It stated that between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, the trio being employees of the Ministry of General Education stole K2,717,471.50 from the Ministry’s account by raising nine fraudulent cheques in favour of Phiri on different dates and later encashed them over the counter at a named bank in Lusaka.
DEC stated that the trio had been charged with forgery, uttering false documents, fraudulent false accounting, theft by public servant and money laundering.
It stated that the suspects have since been released on police bond and were expected to appear before the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court soon.