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$151m gov't contract awardee Black Brothers offended by G2K's accusations

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2015 | 11:37 AM

Black Brothers Incorporated Limited says Generation 2000's (G2K) suggestion that a multimillion-dollar government contract it won this month is because of political links is offensive.

Well-known People's National Party activist, Kenneth 'Skeng Don' Black, is a major shareholder and director in the company. 

G2K, an affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party, has been leading calls for the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) to probe the process used by the government to award the $151 million contract to the company to construct a fence around the National Heroes Park in Kingston. 

Quantity surveyor at Black Brothers, Christopher Allen, says all the paperwork leading to the award of the contract went through the OCG.

Allen says he has no problem if the office revisits the process. 

The quantity surveyor says it is offensive that the G2K is singling out his company, despite meeting all the requirements of the government's procurement process.

 

Quantity surveyor at Black Brothers, Christopher Allen

Meanwhile, Allen is questioning whether a company or individual should be barred from competing for government contracts due to perceived partisan links. 

 

Quantity surveyor at Black Brothers, Christopher Allen

There has been no word from the OCG on whether it will probe the award of the contract. 

Last week, Works Minister, Dr Omar Davies, said he supports the G2K's call for the probe, although he blasted the group for suggesting that the process had been corrupted. 

G2K questioned the timing of the contract being awarded in light of the election speculations.

The group also asked why the Works Ministry and not the National Works Agency was allowed to lead selection process.