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Kenyan college faces lawsuit over laptop computer, pill provide contract cancellation

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Two overseas firms and the Jomo Kenyatta College of Agriculture and Expertise (JKUAT) are embroiled in a dispute over a 1 billion shillings contract for laptops and tablets.

Hong Kong’s VGTS Firm Ltd and Korea’s MPGIO Ltd have filed a lawsuit difficult the Jkuat Industrial Park resolution negotiated at a Zoom assembly in October final 12 months.

The businesses had been to provide 13,105 laptops and eight,280 tablets as semi-detachable (SKD) kits for native meeting in Kenya, court docket paperwork present.

JKUAT needed to pay $ 200 for every pill and $ 615 for every laptop computer or a complete of $ 9,715,575 (Sh1 billion).

The businesses say a draft contract was issued on November 3, 2020, and signed earlier than the expiration of the provide validity interval.

They mentioned that in the course of the negotiations, Jkuat requested them for business and mental property info associated to the providing objects, which included photographs of the SKDs and pill covers with qwerty keyboards and a producing and supply schedule.

They mentioned they gave the confidential info in good religion, having been assured {that a} contract can be issued since their consortium was the winner.

However in the future after signing the contract on November 4, 2020, Jkuat Industrial Park Ltd cancelled the tender, citing its insufficient price range allocations, materials governance issues and unforeseeable circumstances.

The companies need the court docket to overturn Jkuat’s resolution. They requested orders prohibiting the college from re-advertising or awarding the tender to a different firm.

However Choose James Makau rejected the request, saying there are different various treatments to the dispute.

“The respondent, being an academic establishment, should assure the provision of digital units akin to laptops to Kenyan college students at reasonably priced costs,” he dominated.

However the college denies involving the businesses in any bidding course of, both via a restricted tender or a request for citation. JKUAT Industrial Park Ltd Performing Managing Director Kibet Langat says the 2 firms are usually not on the checklist of their prequalified suppliers.


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