The Chamber pointed out that President Andrés Calle had nothing to do with the contracting of $70,000 million for the renewal of the corporation

The Chamber pointed out that President Andrés Calle had nothing to do with the contracting of $70,000 million for the renewal of the corporation
The Chamber pointed out that President Andrés Calle had nothing to do with the contracting of $70,000 million for the renewal of the corporation

06:01 PM

In the middle of the controversy by the signature of Two million-dollar contracts worth more than $70.888 million to renew the furniture in the House of Representativesthis Monday the board of directors of the Corporation – headed by the outgoing President Andres Calle–, he said that the congressman nor the other members who are in charge of the Chamber were involved in that hiring. Along these lines, they explained that the Contractual decisions are the responsibility of the Administrative Directorate.

The controversy was sparked by the complaints of the million-dollar contract for logistics work in that Corporationn, as a change of the lighting, acquisition of new chairs, screens and documentation system. However, according to the complaint made by Bogotá councilor Daniel Briceño (Democratic Center), the process was carried out without holding a tender, in the middle of a recess and days before Calle hands over the Presidency of the Chamber.

“The method used by the Administrative Directorate of the House of Representatives to skip the bidding for these expensive contracts It was the commission contract, with this almost directly a company is contracted so that it can select the contractor,” the councilor claimed.

In view of this, Calle – supported by Fernando Niño, first vice president, and Juan Fernando Espinal, second vice president–, He stated that public procurement is exclusive competence of the Administrative Directorate. “Although the Speaker of the House is the legal representative on an exceptional basis compared to other entities in the public sector, does not have the authority to contract, just as the other members of the board of directors do not have it.”

According to the congressman, the Administrative Directorate of the Chamber has financial and implementation autonomy, It does not depend on the board of directors and Their decisions “do not require the approval of any of the members of the board of directors” (…) In addition, their election is by public call that must be legitimized by the plenary session of the House for a period of two legislatures.”

The first contract signed by the Administrative Directorate is for $33.705 million, designed to improve the technological architecture of the House of Representativeswhich is why it seeks to change the lighting, chairs, microphones, LED screens and cooling systems from some sectors of the Chamber.

According to the contract, two LED screens reached a cost of $1.424.489.500; a professional television camera $46.697.980. “The new ‘studio-type’ lights of the Boyacá Hall will cost Colombians more than $345,000,000,” the complaint says.

As for the second contract, also concluded through the commission contract figure, its value was $37.211 million. This is what is sought “Improving the Chamber’s documentary system of Representatives”. For the councilor, it is striking that more than $1.237 million have been allocated to ‘socialization’ and ‘awareness-raising’.

 
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