The Times of Malta reports on a text book procurement mess in which Valletta Council finds itself.
We won’t repeat the full article here, but the procurement howlers which leap out are:
1. When you receive a challenge, don’t just stick your fingers in your ears and plough on regardless;
2. When the competent authority upholds such a challenge and directs you to re-tender, don’t just stick your fingers in your ears and plough on regardless;
3. When the “successful” bidder challenges that decision of the competent authority don’t etc, etc….
The serious point underlying this is that Valletta Council could have resolved the problems it was faced with if it had taken a step back, assessed its legal position and devised a pragmatic solution which met its obligations in fairness, transparency and equal treatment.
Of course, it cannot be entirely discounted that this was a “our preferred bidder must win at all costs” situation. If it was (Ed: and we don’t know and we are not suggesting it WAS) then the system works….