By Benjamin Epeduno
One of the bidders for Ocorimongin Cattle Market in Katakwi district has written an intention to sue Katakwi District Authorities over erroneous allocation of the market.
Through Omongole and Co Advocates, M/s Bukedea Orongat Vendors co-operative society limited are intending to sue Katakwi District local government following the advert that was ran, calling for bidders to hire the Ocorimongin grade “A” weekly market in Katakwi sub-county-in Katakwi District.
In their letter to the Chief Administrative officer for Katakwi Mr. Patrick Olila, the legal team say, their client applied and successfully went the first phase of evaluation as the best bidder but on the final phase the client was disqualified under fraudulent means in, forgeries, misrepresentations, distortions orchestrated by katakwi local government staff or personal, hence causing the client to suffer financial losses in prospective earnings.
“Our client has also learnt that the said ills stated above led to the award of the contract to the bidder whose registration certificate is issued on 14/12/2023 in complete total show of poor forgery skills” Omongole & co-advocate wrote.
The district has been given 7 days to pay the monies from the date of receipt of the notice or else, the instructions are ready to institute the civil suit against the authority and criminal matters against the individuals involved with the inspector general of Government for the crimes of fraud, forgery and uttering false documents at your own peril, coast and utter embarrassment.
Meanwhile a section of Councilors in Katakwi are accusing the lc5 for siding with Ateker cooperative in the last financial year which failed to remit what the council expected.
Hon. Stephen Otukei, the district youth council for Katakwi said, they are worried of the district winning the cases.
The highest bidder was M/s Bukedea Orongat Vendors co-operative society limited with 37million which has written an intention to sue letter followed by Kamutur oil seed cooperative also in Bukedea with 32million.
LCV for Katakwi Geoffrey Omolo couldn’t comment on the matter but said that matter was technical in nature.
The senior procurement officer for Katakwi Mr. Kaugule Gakowe- Jamada said the unsuccessful bidders lacked a lot of documents including powers of attorney and others.