[www.inewsguyana.com] –Director of Public Information, Imran Khan has cleared the air on a reported prepaid meter racket at the state-owned Guyana Power and Light.
It was noted that after Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson received complaints, he aborted this tender process for the prepaid meters and instructed, more than a month ago, that the process which started under the PPP be set aside and for it to be retendered.
The Kaieteur News on Sunday, December 13 reported that there is emerging evidence that the Chief Executive Officer of GPL, Colin Welch, intervened in a multi-million contract for pre-paid meters and asked the supplier to lie to authorities in Guyana about the specifications.
The report stated that a series of chat messages and Skype calls purportedly made by Welch with regard to the transaction has since been sent to the Directors of that State-owned company as well as to top Government officials.
It was also stated that GPL had gone to tender for 28,000 pre-paid meters worth over US$4 million which started the entire squabble.
Khan, in a statement, noted that after Minister Patterson was made aware of the impending issue, the tendering process was scrapped.
“Minister Patterson then instructed an independent review of the complaints. All of the main complaints were found to be invalid. The new tendering procedures under a new team has been set in motion,” said Khan.
He indicated that it was after this had occurred, the alleged new emails which the KN report is mainly based on, had surfaced and Minister Patterson is committed to looking into the issue.