Works ministry to identify local companies awarded tenders: Sankwasa

16 Mar 2019 11:00am
ONHUNO, 16 MAR (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Works and Transport is currently undertaking an audit process to identify Namibian-owned companies that have been awarded with tenders in the last 10 years, its Deputy Minister, James Sankwasa has said.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of Okatana-Onhuno road here on Friday, Sankwasa said the purpose of the audit is to identify Namibian companies that have been awarded tenders and successfully delivered as well as those that have failed to deliver.

He noted that the audit was prompted by recent accusation by the nation that Government is not allocating construction tenders to local contractors but to foreign-owned companies, especially Chinese companies.

“We are busy at the ministry addressing the issue because some local contractors are not delivering complete services and a foreign company or another firm should always finish the project,” he said.

He noted that once the audit is completed, it will advise government on which local companies to award tenders and those not to grant.

“We have to name and shame, because people want to use this issue for political games because of the 2019 elections,' he said.