Even though the State Police was to receive the 80 new police cars worth 3.7 million EUR on June 28, they are currently gathering dust on Mūsa Motors parking lot. As it turned out, these cars were fitted with equipment that does not comply with the stated procurement project specs.
Internal Affairs Minister Rihards Kozlovskis said that he will not accept the cars, until the supplier rectifies this noncompliance. The supplier, Deputy Chairman of which is the husband of Saeima Chairwoman Solvita Abolina’s husband Janis Aboltins, also suffers losses from the delay of the signing of the relevant documents, because the Internal Affairs Ministry has yet to perform any payments, Pietiek portal reports.
The winner of the tender, organized by the State Provision Agency of the Internal Affairs Ministry, for the supply of transport to the State Police for five years was announced shortly before Christmas. According to the information from the Procurement Monitoring Bureau (PMB), the winner is a daughter company of the state owned Citadele Bank – Citadele līzings un faktorings. The procurement project provided for contracts with third parties for the supply of cars, the fitting of the said cars with the necessary police equipment. However, these third parties are not stated on the website of the PMB.
One of these suppliers is a Renault car dealer Mūsa Motors group, but the subcontract for the installation of the necessary equipment was signed with Nameks. The scandal surrounding Nameks’ unfulfilled obligations in another procurement project in April shook the chair of the Chief of the State Provision Agency Raimonds Blukis, who was then ordered to assess relevant disciplinary actions by minister Kozlovskis. According to the information from the portal, Blukis managed to save his post thanks to the interests of politically influential people that are behind the 3.7 million EUR worth car procurement project, which was organized through this agency.
«The cars are fitted with equipment that does not comply with contract specs: therefore, the State Police cannot accept them. The supplier should rectify this noncompliance at his own expense, and a relevant statement has already been sent to the supplier,» – Internal Affairs Minister Kozlovskis, who is currently on a vacation until Monday, informed the portal last week. The State Police should have received the new cars on June 28 – that was more than a month ago. The final deadline is August 28, Internal Affairs Minister Secretary of State Ilze Petersone reports.
According to her, the money has not yet been transferred to the supplier, as well as any advance payments. The State Police will not accept the new cars until the equipment is replaced. Petersone notes that the supplier still has three weeks to fulfil its contract obligations.
According to the portal, someone related to Unity went through some trouble to keep Blukis on his post. It is unofficially said that this is all to preserve influence over the massive procurement projects of the SPA.