GrandView International in line for a major farmer input supply tender
GrandView International, the firm at the centre of the controversial purchase of 42 fire trucks has been shortlisted for a multi million Kwacha fertilizer supply contract.
According to a short list, GrandView is one of the companies that have passed the technical and financial evaluation to supply fertilizer and seed in the forthcoming farming season through the e-voucher.
GrandView, the company run by Bokani Soko, the Lusaka lawyer, has come under spotlight following allegations of corruption in the procurement of the fire truck at a cost of US$42 million.
And the Civil Society for Poverty Reduction in Zambia says it is shocked and extremely concerned that Grand View is one of the agro dealers short listed by government to undertake the distribution of the farming inputs for the 2017/2018 farming season.
CSPR Eastern Province Coordinator Maxson Nkhoma said shortlisting a company that has outstanding questionable business transaction with the Ministry of Local Government over the fire trucks is regrettable.
“It is surprising that while citizens are still waiting for satisfactory answers from government over the fire tenders scandal government has gone ahead to engage Grand View International in yet another government business as an Agro dealer a business which is supposed to be left to small scale enterprises to promote their growth”, Mr Nkhoma said in an interview.
Mr. Nkhoma has since called on government to protect small scale agro dealers from being swallowed by huge companies handling huge contracts.
He also demanded that the Zambian Government should explain the engagement of Grand View International as an agro dealer.