City Councillor says Public Procurement Act delays implementation of projects

City Councillor says Public Procurement Act delays implementation of projects

A City of Windhoek Councillor says the Public Procurement Act delays the implementation of projects.
Councillor Ian Subasubani told a Khomasdal North Constituency meeting Sunday, at Otjomuise, that the law slows the municipality's ability to execute planned projects.
He said the City wants to bring electricity to 5 000 houses in the next five years, including 1 000 in informal settlements.
Subasubani said the tender for the project was announced last year, but the selection of bidders through the new Public Procurement Act, made the City wait for a contractor to be selected.
The councillor said he hopes for the tender process to be concluded by April.
He called for intervention to fast-track some of the processes of the new law and avoid delays in the procurement and service delivery.
The councillor shared his concerns about the new law at the meeting, aimed at updating the community on activity reports and draft plans.
This year, the Khomasdal North Constituency's biggest project is the house-to-house electrification of informal settlements and erection of street lights in unlit parts of the constituency.