Ayacko’s water tenders left youths, women and PwDs out- Activists, as Rusana denies claims

By MN Reporter

Migori governor Ochillo Ayacko’s administration has been accused of locking out those who are disadvantaged in tendering process and opportunities.

The Devolution Defenders Network Founders has threatened to take the county government to court over skewed tendering process against the vulnerable group.

In a letter seen by Migori News, the group singled out 45 World Bank funded FLoCCA tenders advertised 45 tenders for water borehole drilling and supply in a national daily on January 9.

The funds are to mitigate against effects of climate change in the country.

The group said out of the tenders given, only one was set aside for women, youths and those with disabilities against 30 per cent reserved by procurement laws.

 “We have noted that the aforementioned tender lacks compliance with the stipulated law reserved for disadvantaged groups,” Oloo Gor, the Executive Director of the network said in the letter.

The letter has been copied to Governor Ochillo Ayacko, county accounting, procurement and attorney offices.

The network added that even that one set aside still require payment of bonds and security which is illegal.

“Laws exempts it (special groups) from requiring a bid bond or a tender security on the tenders reserved is violated pages of the document,” Oloo said.

They claimed the tendering process has violated under the Public Procurement and Disposal regulations of 2011.

“If they don’t change this promptly we wull move to court in a week after writing this letter,” the network said in letter dated January 24.

But on Monday while addressing striking workers from his department over 11 months unpaid dues, county Water and Energy executive Christopher Rusana defended the administration.

“We believe the procurement process abided by the law contrary to any claims raised, and all those who are interested including those who are disadvantaged will apply and process followed,” Rusana said,