THE scam involving over 40 missing dredgers which were procured by the Ministry of Works and Supply in 2014 but not delivered has now been tabled before the Parliamentary Accounts Committee to ascertain the whereabouts of the machinery, says Minister of Works and Supply Mathew Nkhuwa.
Mr Nkhuwa said in an interview with Daily Nation that he was aware of the missing dredgers and that it was being investigated by PAC.
“PAC is investigating the issue of the missing dredgers that were procured by the ministry in 2014. They will question the people who were involved in the procurement process of the dredgers and then advise the ministry on the way forward” said Mr Nkhuwa.
According to the Auditor General’s report, the ministry entered into a contract with Herpworth Supplies and Innovative Materials System JV on 17th October, 2014 to supply five dredging machines.
The report stated that the supplier was given a delivery period of four to six months, effective 1st June 2015. Consequently, the ministry paid the supplier US$6,426,000 leaving a balance of US$1,134,000.
The AG’s report, however, points out that a review of records and a physical inspection carried out in the districts revealed that only two dredgers had been delivered while the remaining three had not been delivered as of July 2016.
The report also disclosed that the ministry also engaged MCD Civil and Mechanical Engineering on 13th January, 2015 to supply 12 dredging machines at a contract price of US$11,875,800.
The report stated that as of November 2015, the ministry paid the supplier amounts totaling US$9,240,370 leaving a balance of US$2,635,430