The Office of the Contractor General is slamming the former government Minister Easton Douglas — warning him to apprise himself of the actual facts, before making public assertions or pronouncements in the future.
That’s the OCG’s response to an article by Mr Douglas which was published in both major Sunday papers.
In his piece, Easton Douglas took aim at Dirk Harrison’s 2013 report to Parliament which included a complaint against the Urban Development Corporation giving his company a contract.
Mr Douglas alleged that the Contractor General stated that “under the guise of a ‘fabricated consultancy’ and friendship” his company was awarded a contract and “paid an ‘enormous sum'”.
In rebuffing Mr Douglas, the OCG points out that the expressions ‘fabricated consultancy’ and ‘enormous sum’ were not the OCG’s words, but were used by the person who complained the contract.
The OCG says the report clearly differentiated a complaint versus a determination/conclusion.
Mr Douglas also complained that the OCG neglected to state that the granting of the contract “occurred in 2010 under a JLP government and different UDC leadership.”
The OGC says the complaint was received in July, 2010 but the investigation was not concluded until November, 2013.
And so its recorded in the 2013 Annual Report, as it is an operational activity which was completed during that year.
The OCG found giving the contract to Easton Douglas and Company breached government’s procurement procedures.
It was awarded under the category of legal services which is exempted from the government’s procurement guidelines.
But the OCG said that should not have happened as Easton Douglas and Company is not a law firm, but a Chartered Valuator.
The OCG said that under those circumstances, the contract should’ve been awarded using the Selective Tender method — inviting bids through advertisements and then making a selection.