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Security contract not CTL's decision

Published:Saturday | January 10, 2015 | 1:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

In an article by Mr Ainsley Walters, in your newspaper on Friday, January 9, 2015 a grossly incorrect reference was made to me stating that I stated that the decision to split the security contract at Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) was one taken by Cabinet. I said no such thing on TV. Nor have I made any such similar statement in, or on any other media.

To be clear, the decision to split the contract was never a decision taken by the board or management of CTL. I stated, in fact, that that decision was taken by the Ministry of Finance procurement unit.

Additionally, the current incumbent McKay Security is also not being forced out or removed for non-performance by CTL.

The simple basic fact is that there is presently no contract in place for security services at CTL since 2010 and the Government's procurement process requires that we rectify this breach.

We have been going on a month-by-month arrangement with McKay Security over the period and the regulatory agencies have mandated that CTL address this breach. This is not only so for the security contract, but also the garbage disposal, sanitation and canteen concessionaire services.

We have, therefore, moved to bring proper governance contractual order to all these four contracts simultaneously.

Of note, three of these contract tendering processes are being monitored, managed and executed to this point by the Ministry of Finance Procurement Division - including the security contract.

While we understand the concerns raised as it relates to the decision to split the contracts into two packages, this board will not and cannot take any decision not to tender the security or any such contracts that are required by law to be selected via a competitive and transparent tender.

We, however, have already taken steps to have reviewed the rationale behind the decision to separate the security contract at CTL into two packages, but we cannot not tender the security contract as is being proffered in certain quarters.

Sincerely,

Christopher R. Brown,

Chairman

Caymanas Track Limited