Four Projects Lose to AUs-Lüderitz Railway

FOUR railway projects were cancelled early this year to finance the controversial N$62 million Aus-Luumlderitz railway project.

The railway tender was given to Profile-VAE – a joint venture between Profile Investments and a South African company Voestalpine-VAE – in 2012.

Profile-VAE appointed DampM Rail Construction company – co-owned by John Walenga and Vaino Nghipondoka – to deliver the rails.

The Ministry of Works and Transport cancelled the tender alleging conflict of interest because the consultant appointed by the ministry for the project was also DampM’s principal agent, although the tender board was said to be against the decision.

Unhappy with the decision, the company took the government to court and won, but again the works ministry could not sign the contract because there was no money.

Works permanent secretary Peter Mwatile told The Namibian last week that the Attoerney General, who is also the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Albert Kawana, and the tender board secretary, Ericah Shafudah, met him over the Aus-Luumlderitz railway project.

Kawana also confirmed that there was a meeting, but could not reveal details saying the information is privileged, while Shafudah referred questions to Mwatile.

Although Mwatile admitted that they had to cancel the projects after the meeting, he refused to provide details of the nature of the projects and the sites.

Sources, however, told The Namibian that Kawana instructed the works ministry to ensure that money was provided for the Aus-Luumlderitz railway project at whatever costs. According to the sources, the ministry raised more than N$68 million after the cancellation of four projects that will be resumed when next year’s budget provided funding.

Source : The Namibian