Another Dominican government corruption scandal brews at water utility
Santo Domingo.- Just when Dominicans thought they had reached their limit in withstanding government corruption, a prominent investigative journalist has reportedly uncovered graft in the contract to build the Eastern Aqueduct and expand its components, one of the 10 works declared urgent by Santo Domingo water utility (CAASD).
“The CAASD is back in the spotlight now because before the other bidders had the information, the winning company was already quoting according to the state agency´s requirement,” acento.com.do reports.
The contract, awarded to the builder CONAMSA, whose controlling owner is Angel Rondon, founder of AAA Dominicana; company in charge of collections for the CAASD, and Alejandro Montas, who is the utility´s director and was a partner; was challenged by other bidders who claim they weren’t given enough time to prepare the tenders.
Now, 10 months after the biding, documents obtained by investigative journalist Alicia Ortega allegedly reveal that CONAMSA´s budget calculations presented in two thick files prepared in just nine days follow the same pattern.
Among the accusers figure Leonel Rodriguez, one of the more than 70 engineers who registered for the tender, who says however that he was unable to bid because only two companies completed the process
Montas denies wrongdoing because he affirms that participating contractors were “I think” given 12 days to submit their bids.
The same three day period for consultations established by the acquirers and two days later the proposals would be received.
Suspicions that CONAMSA had the inside information needed to submit a bid before the contracting agency informed of a change in the budget, the company already requested the new specifications.
The project includes the construction of two glazed water storage tanks, which the CAASD initially requested a capacity of eight million gallons. “On 10 December last year, as confirmed by a publication presented by the journalist Alicia Ortega, the CAASD reported that it will reduce the storage capacity of the tanks to 7.5 million gallons.”
Oct 21, 2015
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