Cabinet clears barred contractors to reapply for government projects
Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter
Some 84 contractors who were barred from receiving government contracts are now being told they can reapply for registration with the National Contracts Commission.
Transport, Works and Housing Minister, Dr Omar Davies, announced in parliament today that based on the findings of the Fraud Squad, almost all of the contractors will be allowed to reapply.
The contractors were barred as far back as 2009 which prompted an investigation by the Fraud Squad.
They were barred after the Office of the Contractor General found that the registrations of the works contractors were riddled with fraud.
Davies said members of the infrastructure sub-committee of the Cabinet were of the view that while the Office of the Contractor General had the right to investigate whether fraud was committed, a waiting period of five years was felt to be unjust and unfair.
The minister said that following a meeting with the Contractor General, the Chairman of the National Contracts Commission and the Commissioner of Police, it was agreed the conclusion that there was fraud was excessive.
"Whilst there may have been errors in the registration process, these in the view of the investigating officers, could not be elevated to a charge of fraud," Davies said.
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