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Indian firm wins KES 24 Billion laptop tender

07 February 2014, 14:10 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Indian firm Olive Technologies has won the KES 24.6 billion primary school laptop tender, the government has announced.

Education cabinet secretary Jacob Kaimenyi announced that the firm had beaten off tight opposition to win the controversial tender.

He said that due process had been followed in awarding the tender and insisted that the government had landed the best deal possible.

" The deal was straightforward, clean, the cheapest and has been signed in good faith and is the best for both parties, he said at his office while announcing the award.

Olive beat off established companies such as Hewlett Packard (HP) and Haier to win the tender.

The deal will see close to 400,000 laptops distributed to schools between now and the end of March in what has been described as phase one of the project.

The laptop project has been postponed on a number of occasions due to issues with the tendering process and according to Kaimenyi, the government has taken its time to ensure the deal has been done in the best way possible.

" We have taken our time to ensure the deal has been done in the right way and it is scandalous for anyone to suggest otherwise, he said.

Kaimenyi also brushed off rumours of alleged tampering in the tender process, saying that the government was willing to disclose details of the tender to kill off such allegations.

- News24

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