UNZASU top officials named in a shady construction contract

University of Zambia Students Union (UNZASU) senior officials have been accused of corruptly awarding a contract to their friend worth K426, 000 for the rehabilitation of two lecture theatres.

They are reported to have awarded the tender to their friend to rehabilitate Lecture Theater 1 and 2 at a total cost of K426, 355.68.

But the contractor denied being friends of anyone in the union, adding that he didn’t know any of the union members at UNZA.

The contractor said it was an association for small scale entrepreneurs that tipped him about the job contract at UNZA.

“I was just called by the procurement department to go and collect an acceptance offer after we decided to bid,” the contractor said.

But UNZASU President Stephen Kiyengula said he could not say anything on the matter because he was writing an examination and that the matter was already before UNZASU judiciary.

“I cannot talk to the Daily Nation because i am busy with exams and the matter which you want me to comment on is before the UNZA judiciary,” Kiyengula official.

Kiyengula however said the union only initiated the idea and that management picked and funded it.

“There is a system at the University, a contractor has to go through the procurement department before doing any works, he did not come through any student” he said.

Meanwhile union top officials are currently being probed by management after students and nine union members filed petitions calling for the duo’s suspension to pave way for a probe in order to avoid tampering with evidence.

At the beginning of the 1st term for the 2013-2014 academic calendars UNZASU had planned project to rehabilitate LT1 and LT2. Later management decided to partner with the union so that they could do a more comprehensive rehabilitation.

“On dates unknown but between 10th and 23th December, 2013, UNZA officials instead, misinformed management that the whole union had agreed that they would single source for the contractors,” the source said.

The officials allegedly proceeded in their own capacity without notice or consent of the other 10 members to solicit for three bidders.

“Officials came up with contractors and submitted their names to the evaluation committee under management,” source said.

The three bidders who were asked to bid included Neptune, Gibbmwa and Deeja Construction and Development.

According to the UNZASU memo dated 7th February, 2014 the bids were as follows, Gibbmwa K520, 000.00, Neptune K 501, 850.00 and Deeja Construction and Development K426, 355.68.