By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has revealed that Fedders Lloyd – the company now contracted to build the Specialty Hospital – was initially disqualified during the bidding process.
Jagdeo made the revelation just days after the Finance Minister Winston Jordan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Fedders Lloyd that will see works restarting on the construction of the hospital.
The Opposition Leader at a press conference on Saturday pointed out that a group of technical staff had disqualified the company in the initial bidding process for the construction of the Hospital.
“They have a duty to release the evaluation report done by the last government…That report will show that this company was disqualified so it was not the second ranked company, it was disqualified,” Jagdeo stated.
He went on to brand the new deal for the construction of the facility as a “massive act of corruption”; hinting that there may have been personal motivations on the part of Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan for the company to get the contract.
“Every person in this room knows the role that Ramjattan played as a lobbyist for Fedders Lloyd when the company failed to get that contract,’ Jagdeo said.
Jagdeo also accused the government of “fallacy” as it relates to the funding for the Hospital; indicating that there were always funds available for the Hospital and other small projects.
He indicated that the Indian Government had opened a US$50M line of credit to Guyana.
“There was always funds to finance this hospital and other activities if we wanted…So when the government says now that we have cancelled this project…it’s a fallacy they always had money to do other things because the line of credit was there,” he said.
He added that the government “made it seem as if the Indian Government held a gun to their head and tell them you have to go with this hospital,” noting too that “this is unacceptable.”