Afenyo Markin, Efutu MP has described as mischievous, claims that 11 contracts awarded to the sister-in-law of embattled CEO of National Lotteries Authority amount to a conflict of interest and cronyism.
The lawmaker said his checks revealed the bidding process was transparent and competitive, adding Rams Kitchen owned by the NLA boss’ relative, Rama Hassan, won it on merit.
Among the three companies that expressed interest, Rams Kitchen quoted GHS583,000 against GHS613,000 by GNL Ventures and GHS619,000 by Target Enterprise.
Mr Afenyo Markin said he wrote to the Registrar General’s Department to establish the identities of the individuals behind those companies, concluding “as far as the facts bear out there is no such thing as a conflict of interest.”
“Obviously if you are doing an evaluation and you want to look for value for money and the least price, Rams Kitchen got this on merit and that is not any financial loss to the state it rather saved NLA,” Mr Afenyo Markin said.
But the contract sum quoted by Rama Hassan was broken down into 11 different contracts, a development some say was done to circumvent the Public Procurement Act, which forbids entities from awarding contracts beyond GHS100,000.
The highest of the 11 contracts cost GH¢99,470.
An opposition NDC MP for Bolgatanga Central, Isaac Adongo, notes that the deal was “cleverly” done to outsmart the system.
“The issue is not about who eventually got it but the flawed process and the intent [but] it is more rotten when it turns out to be your sister-in-law,” he told Samson Lardy Anyenini on Joy FM/MultiTV’s Newsfile Saturday.
Veteran journalist Kweku Baako has called for a full-scale probe into the matter in order to cure any mischief.
“It is seemingly untidy [and] I don’t like what I see,” he said, charging the NLA boss to make public the necessary documentation regarding the contracts.