The recently cancelled army food supply tender which is possibly to be re-advertised is just but another dip in the tax payers’ pocket.
And the major question to-date is who will finance the re-advertising for the tender until the mess is cleaned out.
The army rations tender is already worth billions and any addition to that through cancellations and re-advertisement because someone messed up the public procurement system to achieve their own self gratification leaves an egg on the Government’s face.
In any case, the Government is already hamstrung on its finances and is looking elsewhere to pay pensioners.
The fact that the Government laid down rules and regulations on the public procurement system means all companies whether from influential politicians, businessman and ordinary populace should abide by that regulated system.
It also simply means that the public procurement system should be upheld at all cost but that belief has just been something on paper and never implemented, that’s why the majority of all the serious tenders in the country are associated with controversy.
Why does Government have to do the same job twice to get it right?
What should be prioritised by the Government in the future is to find a way that closes all possible loopholes in the public procurement system.
This will not only save the Government from humiliation when certain influential people are dragged into the mud but will also give the struggling tax payers money a rest.
What Government has failed to do in the past years is to close loopholes in the public procurement system and make sure tax-payers’ money is saved from unnecessary re-advertising and cancellations because of a few greedy individuals.
What makes it even worse is that the Government which is already bleeding and making sure the soldiers food supply tender is re-advertised and eventually granted in a more respectable way is but an unnecessary issue.