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Olive Telecommunications goes to court over revoked Kenyan laptop tender

Michael Malakata | March 21, 2014
India's Olive Telecommunications has gone to court to appeal the revocation of the laptop supply award by the Kenyan government for a nationwide school project.

The controversy surrounding the awarding of the laptop project has cast a shadow on the country's rollout of the laptop project in schools across the country as the supply of the first batch of the laptops (400,000 units) was supposed to have been made at the end of this month.

The Kenyan government cancelled the first bidding process last year after rejecting a 32 billion-shilling price quoted by suppliers.

The tender controversy in Kenya adds to a number of African countries including Zambia and Uganda that have revoked tenders because of corruption by senior government officials.

In Zimbabwe, a controversy about how the bidding for the supply of communication equipment was awarded to Huawei is still in court after a local company accused officials from the procurement authority of corruption in the manner in which they awarded the tender.

 

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