National Revolution Party (NRP) President Cosmo Mumba has challenged Transport and Communication Minister, Yamfwa Mukanga to tell the nation and prove beyond any reasonable doubt why the current Zambia Transport Information System (Zam-TIS) should be gotten rid of when there is provision of upgrading it to accommodate the current needs of the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RATSA).
Speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka today, Mr Mumba says Mr. Mukanga should explain to the people of Zambia whether he took time to call the developer of the current Zam-TIS to advice on the status before going ahead with the tendering system that will cost huge sums of money.
He says the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) and the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RATSA) have not been honest enough to tell the nation what was happening with the current Zambia Transport Information System (Zam-TIS).
The NRP leader adds that as things stand, government will lose over US$200 million under the tender for designing, development, implementation, commissioning and maintenance of E-Zam-TIS, and that the information he has is that government is ready to spend such a colossal amount of money on the new system to be procured from an Israel company.
Mr Mumba says the concern is not the amount of money to be spent, but the manner in which the money will be spent.
Government embarked on a project to computerize RATSA by procuring a system called Zambia Transport Information System (Zam-TIS) whose main purpose was to capture and maintain all motor vehicle registration, toll gates, driving license information as well as the printing of driving license cards.
( Monday 18th August 2014 )