“Govt to lose K127bn” As corruption at RTSA is exposed

GOVERNMENT may lose over K127 billion through a corruptly executed tender at the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) to replace the centralized computer system that crashed  last year.

The tender for the supply of a new computerized operation system, known as Zambia Transformation System is apparently in the process of being awarded to a company which has no financial and technical capacity to handle the billion rich project.

This is contrary to Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA)’s advise.

According to senior officials at RTSA, government had asked the agency to invite companies to express interest in the procurement, delivery and supply of the new kit.

In response 31 companies across the globe submitted tenders and 9 companies were shortlisted after along evaluation processes by the tender committee at RTSA.

The nine companies were then asked to submit their Financial and Technical proposals separately and by June 7, 2012 seven companies out of the 9shortlisted managed to submit the required documents and eventually the evaluation processes started.

The officials said that on August 17, all companies that had qualified at this stage were invited to attend the opening of the Financial Proposal ceremony and only two companies attended.

RTSA subsequently submitted a report favouring their preferred but unqualified company to ZPPA but after a complaint was logged, ZPPA directed that due diligence must be conducted on both companies to ascertain their financial and technical capacity to carry out the project.

“But we were surprised that the company which scored high marks of above 80 per cent on both the Financial and Technical Capacity to handle the project was ignored as RTSA senior officials werepushing for the named firm using under hand methods

to do the multi-billion rich job.

“There is too much corruption in this tender and the levels of corruption will cost this country huge sums of money which the government will regret and will then start chasing people. The company had even failed the works inTanzania,” said one of the sources

In spite of RTSA having records that the fovoured company had no capacity to handle the multi-billion Kwacha Transformation System project, some named RTSA officials and the government department had made up their minds to award the tender to their preferred but incompetent favoured company.

“It is not a hidden matter now, ask anyone at RTSA, one of our top officials was even captured on camera recently having meetings with a representative of the favoured company at one of the hotels inLusakaand we know that.

We also know that just last week on Sunday he travelled toTanzaniawith other officials to meet heads of their preferred company. But this is against the advice from ZPPA.

Why are they rushing to give this tender to a non competent company? Let them come out in the open and declare interest in this matter,” the source said.

Deputy director at RTSA Cytone Kibela when contacted for a comment said that he did not give interviews on phone.

2 thoughts on ““Govt to lose K127bn” As corruption at RTSA is exposed

  1. Everyone knows that this is just the tip of the iceberg at RTSA. They are so corrupt, from the top right down to the bottom. As well as being corrupt, they are also totally inefficient! I have forked out money so many times to send my staff members, by bus, to try and get licensing at the Kabwe office. They travel all the way to kabwe (from mkushi!!) and then one of the following happens!! Either 1. The system is down 2. My staff wait in a queue the whole day and are ignored if they try to ask any questions 3. They are told to come on another day, with a car/bike to take tests (there is no “phone in system” for booking these dates so candidates have to travel there a minimum of 2 times!!) 4. My staff can’t make it on that day as the vehicle is having repairs, so they travel to kabwe to cancel and reschedule, and are told that the cancellation is counted as a test failure?! 5. They are eventually tested, along with 23 other people, and the test is made so difficult that all 24 people fail. Was there really no one good enough to drive?

    Then, don’t get me started on vehicle roadworthiness. We all see the trucks with no lights, no indicators driving around! Does nobody care that these vehicles are hazards to other road users. I wish that RTSA could be held accountable for all the accidents they have caused by allowing unfit vehicles to pass through their roadblocks!! Are they so blind that they can’t see the fact that a large percentage of accidents are caused by poor roadworthiness. I hope they can sleep well in their beds, knowing that the money they take at the roadblocks is actually blood money! People have died due to that money. Shame on you RTSA officials! It is absolutely shocking and I don’t think that we should tolerate it any longer!!

  2. First and foremost let me respond to Madam Amy Kingdom, after reading your article which was written in bad test, i’ll start by defending RTSA.
    RTSA inherited a bad reputation from its fore runner the RTC but that being said the general public cant distinguish the difference between RTSA and its partners the ZP.
    Corruption is two way so if you see it report but if you choose to keep quiet then you’re an accomplice.
    RTSA conducts what is called mobile licensing in all the out lying areas Mkushi included. a bad carpenter blames his tools take your drivers to registered driving schools

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