China’s Star Software Technology has won back the digital television migration tender that was cancelled last September over alleged irregularities, the Daily Mail reported. Information permanent secretary Bert Mushala said the government re-advertised the contract and Star Software Technology had to bid again. It was called for debriefing, was evaluated, and thereafter the tender committee picked it for the contract. Information minister Joseph Katema said the validation process had been completed and the successful bidder had been informed.
The digital migration tender had been cancelled following complaints by two of the bidders that were not successful. When cancelling the tender, then-permanent secretary Emmanuel Mwamba said the process under which it was issued had had irregularities. Katema explained the procedure provided for one to file complaints within ten days, and Star Software Technology had appealed in Octobetr against the decision by the Ministry of Information to cancel the digital migration tender.