Zomba taxi operators unhappy with Unima over car hire services

University of Malawi (Unima) is facing criticism for being “inconsiderate and unfair” to Zomba taxi operators following  a contract the institution has granted to G.G Car Rentals to provide car hire services to the ‘varsity’s Centre for Social Research (CSR).

University Council management officials

University Council management officials

CSR in partnership with the Ministry of Health and ICAP at Columbia University will be implementing a national survey, Malawi Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (MPHIA) to characterize HIV prevalence, incidence, viral load, CD4+ cell distribution and HIV risk behaviors in the country.

The Centre therefore allocated funds for the procurement of car hire services on “as and when required basis” for a period of 12 months– commencing this November.

The vehicles, according to sources, will be used during the survey but some will be required during different phases of training of field teams.

Sources told Nyasa Times that disgruntled taxi operators penned the college after allegedly noting that the successful bidder–G.G Car Rentals– does not have the required vehicles as indicated in the bidding document, Procurement of Car Hire Service [procurement number S55-06-15].

“We have been receiving queries over this contract with others claiming that money changed hands for G.G. to have the contract. Zomba taxi operators are bitter for being sidelined. They thought they will be considered to provide the services throughout the project,” said one of the sources, who asked for anonymity.

The source also alleged that the institution’s internal procurement team, alongside officials from the Road Traffic Department, inspected all the firms that were shortlisted  to appreciate the conditions of their vehicles, but they did not find any at G.G Car Rentals, owned by Gerald Ganiza, a senior officer at Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc).

He said they involved the official motor examiners to test each vehicle and establish if the firms had the capacity to supply 70 vehicles.

“The field teams will be expected to transport blood samples to satellite laboratories within 24 hours. As such, CSR wanted to hire only vehicles that would meet stipulated conditions for the successful completion of the project.

“CSR was looking for 4×4 cars with minimum seating capacity of 7 and that it why they did involve motor examiners to, among other things, establish registration status and insurance cover of each firm. And also to know if the firms had the capacity and ability to provide back-up vehicles in case of breakdowns. We expect replacement of vehicles within 24 hours,” said the source.

While effort to have Ganiza’s position and to get a copy of Zomba taxi operators’ letter proved futile, Chancellor College Assistant Registrar Elijah Chizimba confirmed receipt of the letter from the disgruntled taxi operators.

Chizimba said the bid was open to all car hire service providers and that the successful bidder met all the stipulated conditions.

Other companies that were pre-selected, according to the tender opening summary in our possession, are Zoom Car Hire, FAST, Grand Prix, Alexander, Nsapato, Umodzi, Bye Tours, Countrywide Car Hire, Wise Wheels and Planet.

Chizimba claimed bidding was conducted in accordance with the open tendering procedures contained in the Public Procurement Law and Regulations of the country.

“Zomba taxi operators penned us to complain for not picking them. They said we have been very unfair to them. The contract and entire project involves a lot money and we can not just hire a very jim and jack.

“Others are alleging that we were given K5 million to award the contract to G.G Car Rentals. The bidding process was done by well versed procurement officers and they also sent the bidding documents to the Office Director of Public Procurement to do the vetting,” said Chizimba.

According to tender opening summary, G.G Rentals quoted a flat rate of K37, 000 per day,  but the Office of Director of Public Procurement (ODPP), in a letter dated September 4 2015 and signed by Matrida Banda (Ref.No. ODPP/03/99), granted “its no objection’ approval that contract be awarded to G.G Car Rentals only at a cost rate of K39,500 per day.

“Stories that the inspection team did not find any vehicle at G.G Rentals are not true. What I got is that when the team got to G.G Rentals, had to wait for over three hours just see the vehicles as they were on other errands.

“Whether the successful bidder has vehicles or not, its not our concern. The bidding document did not bar any bidder from outsourcing. Who or which car rental has 70 4×4 vehicles?

“We just expect him to provide us with the required vehicle as stipulated in the bidding documents. How he will source or get them is none of our business,” said Chizimba.

Apart from providing back-up vehicles in the event of breakdowns, G.G Car Rentals will also be reliable for allowances for the affected team members.

The firm will also provide 300 career bags, 380 reflector jackets and 300 umbrellas to field team members.

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15 thoughts on “Zomba taxi operators unhappy with Unima over car hire services”

  1. Cyclops says:

    GG ndi deal, ma donors amafunanso cheap labour, ma car hire ena kudula kkkk

  2. georgejuma says:

    Akutsekula zimakalata zamayera zopikisana mu holo akuluakulu a IPC adatisimikizira kuti ntchito imeneyi ndiyochuluka sangapase car hire imodzi ; apereka kwama car hire atatu. Moti ntola khani wa bungwe la ICAP analipo patsikuli. Nde tikudabwa mukaperekedwe ka ntchitoyi. Na Malawi sazakhonzedwa !!!!!!

  3. gan says:

    nsanje basi a malawi y cnt u go with ur pajero zolowesa fumbi mkatizo ku GG akazithamangitse muwone

  4. mbwangalambwangala says:

    I am also coming with my korora in very good condition but wihout shocks and one door to a left side does not close ndipha makwacha sopano kweee

  5. george says:

    Amalawi munthu wa GGali open kwa aliyene inu ngati muli 4×4 pitani ku office kwawo ku lilongwe kaya ku Blantyre akakupangani sub hire ife kuno taziona ku lilongwe pa mbowe filling station akuyesedwa magalimoto pitani mufufuze mwa biwi muipeza GG ikuthandizani siyani jerous amalawi palibe car hire ingakhale ndi 4×4 70 funasani pa biwi pafupi ndi ENTYRE ndipamene pakumadzadza magalimoto ndipo akumayesera pa mbowe madzulo aliwonse

  6. Bololo says:

    Tax guys. lol. Pali ndalama kuchuluka zochitika

  7. Stalla says:

    Malawians!!!! I have never seen a 4×4 vehicle at the zomba taxi rank, zichokera kuti? you want the university to hire those not so roadworthy cars for a survey? come on this mentality has to stop if we are to progress, kumangolira zilizonse basi. This behavior is common in the public service you hear of a cleaner or a clerk or a secretary complaining kuti sakupita ku field because aPS or adirector akungoyenda okha zoona? What will you do ku fiedlko when you are not even qualified for the job.

  8. buyache says:

    And I don’t see any problem by awarding GG with the contract cause this taxi guys are not organized…

  9. harrinyah says:

    hahahahah,there’s abig reason why zomba car hire owners were sidelined…2much kupondana nokhanokha when u hv subhired avehicle from ur frends company…mwaganayo basi..pitani ku statistics akakutengeni…idiots..GG waiphura basi..no nsanje

  10. Chalaka Bakha nkhuku singatole says:

    Do you really need to have physical cars to win a tender? As long as the GG Car Hire provided enough evidence that it can provide such vehicles then I don’t see any problem. What if this firm has links with other car hire companies that have these best vehicles? A Malawi nsanje!!!!

  11. Asabuni says:

    Mr chizimba mwaba for so long at that college and its not a asuprise..kulemela kuposa principal ndi dean of students..

  12. Kenkkk says:

    As long as you don’t start abusing Aids/hiv money.

  13. Tengupenya says:

    Evaluation must stick to responsiveness in respect to what was requested in the bid and not on extra offered by a bidder unless the bidding documents specifically indicated that there would be advantage for offering the extras. Maybe these guys have a point.

  14. mlanjira says:

    Empower them please, Malawians lets love one another. The one you award a contrct is already a well to do man so its better to share these contracts please. KOdi tikakhala opanda mayina nde kuti basi, no contract?

  15. Ya you’re supposed to empower those guys rather than only one person.

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