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Response to article "Mystery over gov't P 28 million payment...
06/08/10

In the interest of public clarity, Government wishes to respond to the front page article that appeared in the 1/8/10 edition of your newspaper, the Sunday Standard, under the provocative headline "Mystery over gov't P 28 million payment to Lesedi Motors."

There is, in fact nothing in the least bit mysterious about the payment. Contrary to what is alleged in the article the reported P 28,016,547-00 advance payment guarantee was for a specific number of vehicles totaling 105 for the BDF.  The complete breakdown of the procurement was as follows:-

Eighty one  (81) Full Length Canvas Land Rover 110 TDS . Eight (8) ¾ Canvas Land Rover 110 TD5 . Additional Fourteen (14) Land Rover 110 TDi . Two (2) Land Rover 110 Station Wagons

In keeping with proper practice the advance payment was, moreover, paid to a local bank and only released to Lesedi Motors as and when vehicles were delivered to the BDF. Full payment was thus released to the supplier, Lesedi Motors, upon the delivery of the 105 vehicles.

Further to the above this office is disappointed that the Sunday Standard chose to run with its original unsubstantiated story, while claiming that Government could not respond to its enquiries.

As the article itself acknowledges, this office was only approached about the issue Friday, that is to say when the newspaper itself was on deadline before the said article's weekend publication. Under the circumstance there was simply not insufficient time for relevant public authorities to collect and verify the requested information about the 2007 procurement.

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