The Ministry of National Security is rejecting allegations that procurement guidelines were breached in it’s award of two contracts to companies affiliated with the Stewart’s Automotive Group.

The contracts were awarded to Stewart’s Auto Sales and Silver Star Motors to supply 64 pickups and 43 SUV’s for the police force.

Rival local dealers wrote to the director  of Procurement in the Ministry, Doulgas Stewart, stating that Ministry guidelines suggested that each company would only be allowed to bid on one contract.

They say both Stewart’s Auto Sales and Silver Star Motors, are affiliates of the Stewart’s Automotive Group.

However, in a statement yesterday the Ministry says after a public bid, recommendations were made for the contracts to be awarded to Stewarts and Silver  Star.

It says both companies were able to demonstrate that they are separate entities by submitting two separate and valid Public Procurement Commission registrations, and two separate and valid tax compliance certificates.

The ministry says several suppliers made submissions in response to the public tender advertised, but not all of them met the procurement requirements.

It says it remains committed to ensuring that its procurement activities are executed in full compliance with the Procurement Law, Regulations and supporting GoJ Procurement Guidelines.

It says all procurement procedures are guided by key considerations, including fairness, equity and transparency in the thorough selection process.