Kenya’s Education Cabinet Secretary, Jacob Kaimenyi has announced the government would distribute 400,000 laptops to schools across the country before April. Specifically, he said the distribution would be completed by the last week of March.
He announced the award of contract for the supply of the laptops to primary schools to Olive Telecommunications PVT Limited at the cost of Sh24.6billion.
He said Olive Telecoms submitted the lowest bid compared to those of Haier Electrical Appliances Corporation Limited and Hewlett-Packard (HP).
“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.
Through the contract, he said the government will save about Sh8billion. He affirmed that the bid winner met all the qualifications during the awarding of the tender. He said the 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.
“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 said.