There was squandermania with the purchase of gloves. That, at least, is the allegation of Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, who, in his anti-corruption treatise yesterday, told of "collusion" in the purchase of latex gloves. Ramlogan's declaration was supported by a letter, dated July 14, 2010, in which one supplier, Pharmaco, questioned the decision to award a contract for similar items at a cost of 50 per cent higher.
The AG's office made the letter available to the Guardian last night.
Ramlogan told the Senate the National Insurance Property Development Company (Nipdec) awarded two contracts on January 12 for the supply of gloves. He said that 50 per cent of the contract went to each company.
Ramlogan said: "One of the companies was Pharmaco, which supplied the gloves at the price of $17.50. "The other company was Sun Crest International Limited, which supplied the gloves for $27.80. "That is 50 per cent higher than Pharmaco. And for the same gloves." He claimed that the gloves supplied by Sun Crest "were of a lower grade of latex."
The result, according to Ramlogan, is that "taxpayers are paying higher than the adjusted market value for gloves."