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Delays expected in laptop distribution project

19 November 2013, 11:42

Nairobi - The government said its deferred laptop distribution exercise will only resume early next year but warned of possible delays.

 Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, said the government aimed to begin the re-tendering for the exercise by January but added that the entire programme could be delayed due to “checks and balances” required during procurement.

“We will do our best to make sure the laptops are given to our children during the first quarter of next year,” he said.

“The government understands the urgency and need to procure the devices to actualize the project by January 2014. The ministry is in consultation with the relevant government departments to come up with an appropriate competitive procurement mechanism which will ensure that the aforementioned computing devices are available in January 2014,” he added.

The slight change in the timeline of the laptops project was a result of cancellation of a tender last month after what government termed exorbitant quotations by bidders.

Government officials said the prices were beyond the cabinet’s budget.

When he cancelled the initial tender last month, Prof. Kaimenyi said during the re-tendering would try to ensure the laptops were delivered by January.

“The procurement proceedings must ensure economy, efficiency, transparency and accountability,” he told reporters last month.

The exercise to distribute the gadgets featured prominently in the Jubilee manifesto ahead of the elections held earlier this year.

– CAJ News


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