Work on the Nakamura minaret launched before contract – Pajhwok Afghan News
KABUL (Pajhwok): Documents show that the eastern municipality of Nangarhar started work on the minaret and green area of Nakamura three months before the project was announced and contracted.
Jalalabad Municipality started work on the project on March 27, 2021, but the contract was concluded on June 8.
The total area of the minaret and green space is 263 meters and includes the lawn, the fence and the minaret of Nakamura.
Municipality officials say the company was not known at the time, but it is clearly written on the municipality’s Facebook page that the work would be carried out by the Afghan Niazi company.
Corruption in the Nakamura minaret, green project:
On March 27, 2021, the Municipality of Jalalabad announced on its official Facebook page that work has started on the project (Nakamura minaret and green space) near the Behsud Bridge in the First Police District.
The mayor and other officials can be seen in the photos during the project’s lunch ceremony.
Based on the municipality’s report, the project would be completed within three months, but a fifth month is underway and only 40 percent of work on the project has been completed according to the municipality’s information.
The contract for the 5.5 million Afghan project should have been competed under the national procurement law, but the mayor illegally submitted a bid to the governor’s office and after being ordered to l Authority, only three companies were approached for the rate and one of them (Afghan company Niazai) was declared the winner of the contract.
The project does not comply with any of the tendering principles under the Law on Public Procurement.
Under the Public Procurement Act, a restricted bid can be issued if there is a risk of humanitarian catastrophe due to non-execution of the project or if it is a very large national project that requires not much time.
However, the contract for the project was signed three months after the contract and the contractor cited June 8 for the start of the project. The work should therefore begin four days after the contract and end on December 8.
According to these tenders, the contract should be executed as soon as possible and negligence should be avoided.
After three months, the mayor approved the contract in violation of the law, while the governor is responsible for signing the contract.
Apart from the fact that the mayor signed the contract in the absence of authority, the contract was approved on the date (June 8, 2021) on which the management of the municipality issued monetary powers to the mayor and the monetary authority reached Jalalabad on June 28. , 2021.
He reveals that the mayor kept the contract with himself and did not send it to the governor’s office for legal action.
Before the completion of the technical documentation of the project, in particular the Bill of Quantities of Technical Specifications (BoQ), and formally submitted to the management of the contract, the works on the site have started and the total cost of the contract has been determined.
The total cost is estimated to be several times higher and could reach two million Afghanis.
In the contract, of which Pajhwok obtained a copy, it is not clear what are the characteristics of the project worth 5.5 million Afghans, what materials will be used, what will be its length and width, it So obviously most of the funds would be spent on much less work.
Pajhwok also received a document of the municipal leadership of local governance, signed by Dr Sibghatullah, the deputy mayor of the province on June 6, authorizing the mayors to spend the money and it was signed by the mayor of Nangarhar Abasin Baheer and bound on the 7e.
But the mayor started the execution a month before.
But municipality officials say that in addition to the contract, there are special project design sheets that mention everything about the project.
A letter was sent to the mayor of Jalalabad by Mirwais Malang, director of revenue and accounts, without a date or number, the letter was also signed by the mayor on June 6, and the project works inaugurated in March.
The letter stated that three companies were offering prices for the project on the basis of a tender.
|6,500,000 business||AfghanScope Construction Company|
|6 955 860 afs||Akmal Ahmadzai Construction Company|
|5.861.945afs||Afghan construction company Nizai|
The letter later suggested that the Afghan construction company Niazi had the lowest price and that a contract should be signed with them.
The letter was issued by Mayor Abasin Baheer on June 6 as per the law and two days later the contract, a copy of which is received by Pajhwok, was signed by the mayor.
Painting of the Daronta tunnel:
Additionally, in a 50-page report by Jabarkhel, a former deputy mayor, said of the Daronta tunnel painting and lighting project that the tunnel was painted with limestone instead of color and that less 100 lights were installed at a cost of 950,000 afghanis.
A project exceeding five million Afghans is above the authority of the mayor, so they split the project into parts and the money was withdrawn from the bank with the mayor’s signature.
This project should also have gone through an open competition, but it did not go through the announcement process and its contract was awarded to a company / entrepreneur of choice without a competition.
Reaction of the municipality:
Procurement cases exceeding 500,000 afghanis are expected to be announced according to the public procurement law, but Jalalabad municipality’s contract for more than 5.861 million afghanis has not been announced, municipality officials of Jalalabad calling him the need of the hour.
At a press conference, the mayor of Jalalabad Eng. Abasin Baheer called the corruption allegation a conspiracy, saying the real culprit was still unknown, but said a delegation from the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) had come to investigate the report and specific documents had been shared with them.
Regarding the painting of the Daronta tunnel, Baheer said the tunnel has been painted, the surrounding area repaired, spotlights have been installed inside for lighting, and the power system has been upgraded and its sound has been improved. total cost was 313,000 afs and the documents are available from the financial service of the municipality.
Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor Eng. Rahat Gul Ziarmal shared information with Pajhwok.
He argued that on the one hand, the public was increasingly concerned about security in Nangarhar and on the other hand, the agency had not launched any projects for seven months.
He said that with the budget yet to be approved, construction of the Nakamura Tower and the Green Zone began with a bidding order from the governor, who had the power to do so.
But why did it start three months after the contract? He said: “When you say on what date the project was started, the project was not started, only the area was identified, if the tape was cut, our contractor was not known until then. . “
Although the deputy mayor said the contractor was unknown at the time, a statement posted on the municipality’s Facebook page said the work would be carried out by Afghan Niazi.
Setting a price of 5.5 million afghanis for the project before the contractor is identified allows the company to set the same price; because the prices of the other two companies are 6.5 million afghanis.
Comment from the provincial administration:
The governor’s house, however, has not confirmed or denied the existence of corruption in municipality contracts, but said legal action will be taken if a department is found guilty of breaking the law.
Vice Governor Babrek Miakhel told Pajhwok: “What we have written is legal and in accordance with the law, we will never do anything illegal and anyone who breaks the law will be held accountable. “
Pajhwok found the documents in the middle of a 100-page report written by a source on corruption in Jalalabad Municipality.
The report accuses the mayor of Jalalabad, Eng. Baheer of abuse of power, corruption in public procurement, embezzlement and legal recruitment of members of his group.
In response, the mayor of Jalalabad wrote a 25 page message. report and posted a statement on the municipality’s official Facebook page.
The statement stressed that Jalalabad Municipality is committed to the principle of transparency and accountability.
Feroz Bashari, spokesperson for the Anti-Corruption Commission, told Pajhwok that anti-corruption documents were shared with them.
He added that documents and information were also shared with them by the municipality and that their commission would professionally assess the documents of both parties and then share the results with the public.