Parliament: We Have Not Received Petition On Office Space

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Yampe Limited is among three unsuccessful companies, which had bid for the two-year cotract, which was eventually won by Meera Investments Limited, owned by city tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia.

Parliament says it is yet to receive a petition from one of the companies which lost a bid to provide office space to legislators.

Yampe Limited is among three unsuccessful companies, which had bid for the 4.5 billion shiling-contract for two years, which was eventually won by Meera Investments Limited, owned by city tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia.
 
One of the directors of Yampe, Matthias Nsubuga wrote to the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige, questioning Parliament's decision to award the contract to Meera Investments Limited.

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. 
 
Nsubuga stated, in his petition for an administrative review, that the evaluation process was flawed and seemed to favour Meera Investments against other bidders, after Ministry of Works okayed occupancy of Queen Chambers, despite Parliament raising a red flag on the state of the building.
 
However, sources within the procurement department of Parliament say they have not received any communication for an administrative review.
 
"We have not received any letter in that regard. If we did, we would have forwarded the petition to the contracts committee for review," a source within procurement department told URN.
 
Chris Obore, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, confirmed to URN that Parliament has not received the letter.
 
"The administrative review can only happen when we get the letter. As far as we are concerned, no petition has been received from Yampe," Obore said.
 
Obore says if no other petition comes in, Parliament will sign the contract with Meera Investments.
 
Efforts to get a comment from one of the directors of Yampe, Matthias Nsubuga, were futile as he did not pick repeated calls from URN.
 
Other companies which lost the bid are Rumee Investments Limited, which owns a building on Lumumba Avenue and Twed Property Development Limited.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.