THE Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) has directed the Uganda Heart Institute to re-advertise the tender for the supply, installation and commissioning of the open heart surgery laboratory unit and sundries. The procurement body also wants the tendering be changed from restricted to open international bidding, with a reduced bidding period of 15 working days, instead of 21.
PPDA also directed that the best evaluated bidder notice should be displayed for five days, instead of the usual 14 days, owing to the delay in concluding the procurement. The Government last year set aside funds for the supply, delivery and installation of the equipment.
Subsequently, the Uganda Heart Institute (UHI) requested for a deviation from the procurement body to use restricted bidding to procure inputs for open heart surgery at a unit cost of $15m (sh2.3b). The PPDA board approved the deviation last October and eight firms were invited.
The contract was awarded to Meditec Limited at $1.8m (sh3.7b).
However, one of the bidders, Phillips Medical Systems, protested. The firm wrote to the heart institute requesting for an explanation why their bid was unsuccessful.
UHI wrote back, explaining that the firm did not comply with the technical specifications in the bid documents. It also said the company did not provide a letter from bankers of international repute confirming financial capability to perform the contract and letters of reference from previous clients.
It further states that the company did not state the contract amounts and its technical people had inadequate experience.
Phillips Medical Systems, however, dismissed the arguments and sought the intervention of PPDA, which stopped the process and carried out an investigation.
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