Tycoon Sudhir Ruparellias Meera Investments was evaluated as the best bidder for the procurement requirements, which include the building being in close proximity to parliament. Its rent quotation was 4.5 billion Shillings for Queen Chambers at Parliament Avenue.
The company listed among the three unsuccessful bidders, has written to the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige, questioning Parliament's decision to award the two-year contract to Meera Investments Limited, owned by city tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia.
Yampe Limited owns a newly constructed building on Portal Avenue, opposite Christ the King Church. The company's bid was rejected on grounds that its rent quotation, about 9 billion shillings, was costly.
Rumee Investments Limited, which owns a building on Lumumba Avenue, did not meet the requirement of being located within a 400 meter radius of Parliament while Twed Property Development Limited did not submit a bid security among the requirements.
Meera Investments was evaluated as the best bidder for the procurement requirements, which include the building being in close proximity to parliament. Its rent quotation was 4.5 billion Shillings for Queen Chambers at Parliament Avenue.
However, Mathias Nsubuga, one of the directors of Yampe, in his letter dated October 14, states that the evaluation process was flawed and seemed to favour Meera investments against their bidders.
"Meera was given an upper hand in this process, including during evaluation when the Ministry of Works had to intervene to allow them to continue with the process," Nsubuga told URN.
During the evaluation process, a team from Parliament led by Sargent-at-arms, Ahmed Kagoye, on inspection of Queen Chambers, raised a red flag on the building, citing poor drainage system and stained toilets. However, the Ministry of Works later cleared the building for occupancy.
Nsubuga now wants Parliament to conduct an administrative review to establish whether proper procedures were followed.
"I have asked the Clerk to revisit this process to establish whether indeed Meera was picked after being given due advantage," Nsubuga explained.
Sources within the Clerk to Parliament's office were unavailable for comment. Chris Obore, Parliament's Director of Communications, says he was not aware of the letter from Yampe.
Obore however says Meera took the contract due to its relatively cheaper cost compared to the other bidders, as well as its proximity to Parliament.
According to Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) regulations, once a bid winner is displayed, the notice gives unsuccessful bidders ten working days after the display of the best evaluated bidder notice.