Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Kumarasinghe Sirisena hauled up before Bribery and corruption commission ? Deal is one but dollars are in many millions..!

(Lanka-e-News- 11.April.2016, 6.30PM) SLT – Mobitel chairman Kumarasinghe Sirisena has caused a loss of US $ 20 million to the Mobitel Co. because of grave tender procedure violations committed by him. Therefore a complaint is to be made against him  to the Commission inquiring into allegations of bribery and corruption , based on reports reaching Lanka e news. 
Kumarasinghe who has misconstrued the people’s victory on 8 th January as a mandate to make him the chairman of SLT mobitel has committed this serious controversial violation  in relation  to an insurance cover tender of Mobitel Co. of which he is the chairman. 
Open tender bids were called by the Mobitel Co. in connection with the insurance cover tender. After the evaluation and re evaluation of the bids by two Tender boards , and the evaluation committee , the Mobitel Co. had to decide on another Insurance cover due to  the unilateral wishes of Kumarasinghe Sirisena without  awarding the tender duly as decided by the board and evaluation committee.
 
The decision of the two  Tender boards , the evaluation committee and the board of Directors was to award to the lowest bidder , whereas the tender awarded on Kumarasinghe’s wishes was to a bid that was US dollars 20 million more ! In SL Rupees this is a whopping Rs. 3000 million !
It was the Union assurance that had made the lowest bid in regard to the Mobitel Insurance cover. That was US $ 140 million  and this was the tender bid that was passed by the Tender boards and the evaluation committee . However , Kumarasinghe Sirisena instead of duly awarding the tender to Union assurance , has awarded it to SL Insurance which had quoted a much higher bid – US $ 20 million more !
It is worthy of note that the SL Insurance Co. is only  a semi government Institution and not fully owned by the government  .No matter what , nobody has a right to violate the tender procedure when a government Institution and a private Institution are competing for the tender. In the circumstances , Kumarasinghe Sirisena by showing an  affinity for the semi government SL Insurance Co. , had not only compromised the interests of the very Mobitel Co. of which he is the chairman , but has also engendered a loss of US $ 20 million (Rs. 3000,000,000.00) to the government  Institution .
If the chairman of a government Institution has the power to  decide on tender awards based on his own will and accord , the decision taken by the board of Directors after the tender boards and evaluation committee have decided becomes redundant and unnecessary . In other words , the chairman can decide directly on who should be awarded the tender .
It is unfortunate , Kumarasinghe Sirisena is unrelentingly and continuously indulging in corruption despite his embroilment in controversies and criticisms leveled against him. He  has got the wrong end of the stick.He has  misunderstood  the appointment of his brother as the executive president by the people. Perhaps he must be   assuming  that people have appointed him as the  executive chairman of the SLT Mobitel Co.
The disservice rendered to Union assurance Co. is not only a violation of the tender procedures but is also damaging the transparency of the government of good governance which the latter is striving hard to adhere to . A group that has been gaining  because of  the Union assurance Co. and the Mobitel   Co. is therefore getting ready to lodge a complaint with the Commission inquiring into Bribery and Corruption with regard to the losses that have resulted to these companies, Lanka e news learns.
Please await more information pertaining to the tender fraud perpetrated by Kumarasinghe Sirisena 

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