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Govt to deliver 400,000 laptops in first quarter

11 February 2014, 08:19 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The government has assured its commitment to implementing the free laptops project for standard one pupils promising to deliver 400,000 laptops in the first quarter of the year.

Education Cabinet Secretary, Jacob Kaimenyi said that the delay in implementing the project by the start of the year was due to cancellation of the first tender advertised in August 2013 and hampered by over-budgeted allocation of KES 20 billion.

“In the first international competitive bidding the evaluated tenders ranged from KES23, 000 to KES 28, 000 bringing the total coast of KES 1.2 million laptops to KES 32 billion against the budgeted KES12 billion,” said Kaimenyi.

Kaimenyi said it was through diverse ICT, universities and government stakeholder consultation forums that assisted to reach at an affordable laptop cost not to overstretch the taxpayer’s money.

“From our consultations it became clear that the best procurement method to ensure value for money was the specially permitted procurement procedure which allows for negotiation between the government and the supplier and is also flexible in contract implementation,” said Kaimenyi.

He stated that after the second tender was advertized on October 2013, Olive Telecommunication pvt Limited- a Chinese firm-  was awarded the tender to deliver 1, 203, 539 laptops for pupils, and 20, 637 for teachers with 20, 637 printers and 20, 637 projectors amounting to  KES 24.6 billion. He added that the cost includes logistics and delivery up to the district headquarters.

“The government has been able to save more than KES 8 billion as compared to the previous bid of KES 32 billion attributed to the application of the specially permitted procurement which allowed for competitive negotiations,” explained Kaimenyi.

The project will see delivery of 1.2 million laptops to public primary schools in what the ministry of education envisages will transform education through integrating ICT. 

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