The chairperson of the infamous National Transport Corporation (NTC) gave an interview in l’express on Saturday 29th of June and what he said is extremely revealing of the interference of subterranean forces in the running of institutions. If what he says is true, then we must understand that even the Central Procurement Board (CPB), which has the statutory obligation to guarantee that public procurement is transparent, open, above-board so that there is no insider dealing or manipulation of specifications, is riddled with practices which sail close to the winds of conflicts of interest and undue influence.



In simple terms, the NTC needed to purchase buses. It called for tenders and only one tenderer met the requirements of the tender. When the matter was before the CPB, the latter started to question the retention of the only qualified tenderer and suggested that IFRAMAC should obtain the contract for the supply of buses. ICAC must open an investigation on this very important issue of potential corruption.



When the CPB did not have its way, the whole tendering exercise for badly needed buses for the NTC was cancelled. The rest of the NTC saga with burnt buses, the Soreze fatal accidents and the unavailability of spare parts is well documented. But what is not so well documented is the following: Why did the NTC purchase buses in 2007 when the buses were only prototypes? Who were the experts who went to negotiate the deal? Why and how did the NTC agree that the supplier for spare parts for its TATA buses should be an affiliate of the United Bus Service (UBS) which is its direct competitor?


What is also required is information about the shareholdings in the UBS. The Prime Minister must give instructions for a full enquiry to be conducted in order to determine whether or not the shareholders in the UBS are related – family or otherwise – to those persons, whether in Government or within its periphery – who either take or give orders for decisions to be taken in their interests rather than those of the NTC. The nature of the beneficial interest in the shares of the UBS and all its subsidiaries might help the ordinary people of this “plaisir” country to appreciate the sense of outrage of the Chairperson of the NTC.


Not only do we have the CPB acting not as an institution having as its primary objective the upholding of the law and not being at the beck and call of ministers to rubberstamp their decisions but we also have the National Transport Authority (NTA) which simply does the bidding of the Minister responsible for public disaster – or is it infrastructure? It is only in this country that the NTA, which is an Authority finds that its authoritative decisions are not that authoritative. The NTA succumbs to ministerial pressure as a matter of course and one is left to wonder whether public funds really need to be spent on public bodies like the NTA when all decisions are taken within the confines of the minister’s office.


As the guardian and trustee of the public good, the Prime Minister must put a stop to such blatantly unpatriotic activities.


Integrity | 07/02/13

Mr Gayan, can't understand why you ask the PM to put a stop to the malpractices. But its the PM who is ordering such base and unethical activities to take place in this paradise Island. But why the CPB officers are not taken to task by the police?? They seem to be the crooks, they must face the music or divulge who ordered them to allocate the tender to Iframac. So many fishy things are being done in the country and people are losing trust in all institutions under Labour of Ramgoolam.

hertraz | 07/02/13

ton gayan pe brosser meme soulier boss la ,,
lautre zour , ton G pretend boss fine sorti graNDI LERE LI prend decision pou dire varma step down. mAIS boss ti coumma courpa lere mette la cendre autour li,,
\ boss pou sappe so prop la pEAU fine obliger dire varma tuite,,,
azordi, ton gayan pe dire boss guardian pubLIC good,,
arret fere rier do,,,
zaffaire soornack, goolzarry, bangaleea , la terre ti copins et grands copines , contrat secret jinfei/tianli. neotown,,,, PRESKER TOUS LA ROUTE PE COUTE DIZAINE ET CENTAINES MILLIONS EN PLISSE QUI TENDER ORIGINAL,
tout ca public good meme ca?
stop make people laugh do matelot,,,

Jincy | 07/02/13

A bus cannot be built on a Truck chassis, .It does not work that way. In most countries, bus are powered by a rear mounted engine.Our pundits are against rear mounted engines.Its not ignorance, but just a lack of technical,mechanical knowledge.Most bus chassis manufacturers built reliable buses.One exception is India. And that's where we source our buses.

Tamtam | 07/02/13

Mr gayan, what about Betamax and EEILM? you don't see anything to write on these? What about other similar cases? You wear blinkers?

redbull | 07/02/13

Well said Anil, it's not shocking anymore knowing quite well those occult forces operating in the pundit's office.Now,we are forced to wear blinkers.Do you still trust these "politichiens".

CHANDANSING | 07/02/13

Mr. Gayan, since your assert that the "Central Procurement Board (CPB) must act as an institution, having as its primary objective the upholding of the law" - we do agree -, then as a lawyer and Mauritian citizen, why don't you bring to court the CPB for not respecting its primary objective? Can same be done against the National Transport Authority (NTA), whose staff is paid by public funds, that is taxpayers? Or do you still trust that Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam, will properly do the job? Whom do you trust more for a better enforcement of our laws: the Prime Minister or our courts of justice, assuming that our magistrates and judges are independent and impartial?

Bulldozer | 07/02/13

Mr Anil Gayan, you have been a minister in the past, you know all the secrets and you are an eminent lawyer, why don't you fight this case in the court. I believe you must act and not just talk. You are empowered to act. There are institutions where you can send your complaint and see to it that justice is done. Do you think that the Prime Minister has time to listen to you and consider your advice when he has his hoard of well paid advisers? Mr Gayan are you taking us to be fools and are you having a hidden agenda by sending roses to the PM?

From: Remedies ... | 07/03/13

From: Remedies Directives.
State Contracts.

“Central Procurement Board (CPB)”/ How does procurement operate currently within central procurement and across State bodies? There is no central database or reporting of procurement spend within the Mauritius Public Service. The ability to access and analyse spend data is fundamental to enabling procurement to deliver savings and enables timely and accurate access to State procurement spend data. State Contracts: there is also no central database for State contracts or standard contract management processes. This lack of a standard contracts management process across the State impacts the ability to record and manage contract compliance and manage supply chain risk, including understanding of how State spend is impacting the national economy and how much is being spent with SME’s, national companies and multinationals. The State has multiple contracts with the same vendors, often for the same goods and services. Central procurement functions are not organised in a manner to enable delivery to realise optimal savings for the State. The Mauritius Central procurement Board has to take into consideration procurement operating models in use in other countries including Sweden, UK, Denmark, Canada and US, to ensure that any lessons learned by these governments are to be incorporated. Procurement Dimension: Procurement Strategy, Contract and Supplier Management: No accurate data on total State suppliers, Workforce and Organisation: Accountability is fragmented across central procurement, Procurement Technology: e-Tenders platform in place but lack of integration to analytics and operational and financial management systems. The penetration of EU procurement guidelines training has not been as prevalent in organizations where accountability of procurement is unclear. The Mauritius procurement capability maturity will happen through the development and implementation of procurement operations, including adhoc tactical and operational buying support, helpdesk functionality, operational reporting and compliance and sustainable shared services across sectors.

chandan | 07/03/13

Mr Gayan there are many things shocking in this coutry .
look at the means used to make some political agents very rich.

How can you explain that the position of Director of Competition commission of Mauritius be just given to Mrs Metarbhan without any call for vacancy ? what are her qualifications ? check u will be shocked how jobs are kept for some people ??? this is Mauritius anytg is possible