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The East African : Oct 24th 2015
The EastAfrican NEWS OCTOBER 24-30,2015 RETAILER EXITS UGANDAN, TANZANIAN MARKETS Desperation as retail chain closes branches TURN FROM PAGE 7 chain entered a 10-year lease agreement with the Anglican Church. The church, which had several tenants in the building, evacuated them to allow a redesign. The complex is owned by Kigali businessmen who pooled resources hoping to cash in on such investors. The type of agreement the property owners entered with Uchumi does not allow them to let their properties to new tenants. But analysts say the supermarket may also finds itself in a fix as it cannot cancel the contract for fear of penalties arising from breach of contract. In Kigali, the retail chain leased 3,200 square metres of space from Champions Investment Corporation Ltd (Chic), a commercial complex at former Muhima Technical College, as its main store and headquarters for five years. At Giporoso trading centre near Kigali International Airport, Uchumi had booked 2,050 square metres for an unspecified period. Dr Kipng’etich, who replaced his fellow Kenyan Jonathan Ciano at the helm, however said Uchumi,” he said. Workers who spoke to The EastAfrican on condition of anonymity however said nothing of the sort had been communicated to them, highlighting that they never saw the exit coming. Similarly, in a notice, Wambu- gu said: “The board of Uchumi is cognizant of the responsibilities in respect to obligations of the two subsidiaries to various stakeholders. “We are pursuing various ave- nues of raising funds to meet our obligations. We are in the process of engaging all stakeholders, including suppliers, employees, financiers and regulators.” In Uganda, the retail chain has an estimated debt obligation of more than Ush7 billion due to suppliers, utility bills, salaries and rent arrears. After the chain announced its An attendant arranges vegetables at Uchumi Aga Khan Walk branch, Nairobi, last year. Pic: Martin Mukangu the company advised the landlords to get new tenants for the properties. Mr Ciano was sacked fol- lowed an audit that reportedly revealed suppliers had stopped delivering goods to the retail chain’s stores because Uchumi owed them more than about Rwf8 billion ($10.3 million). He denied the allegations. The fomer CEO is, ironically, also praised by some as the man who saved Uchumi from going under after its 2006 bankruptcy scare. Uchumi had more than 900 staff in the Ugandan and Tanzanian subsidiaries. However, many of them had no clue the retail chain would close. In Uganda, at least 400 where rendered jobless. Mr Kipng’etich however told a media briefing that the board was making arrangements to honour all payments due to staff. “We are making arrange- ments to pay all monies due to workers who are contracted by exit, hundreds of people including suppliers, workers and key stakeholders converged on the retailer’s head office in Kampala to see if they could salvage anything. Report by Adam Ihucha, Ber- nard Busulwa and Kabona Esiara 17 WATER FOR PEOPLE AND PRODUCTIVE USE IN EASTERN EQUATORIA TENDER NOTICE PRE-QUALIFICATION OF SUPPLIERS 2015-2016 Hashi Energy Limited invites applications from competent service providers for pre-qualification for the supply of goods, civil works and services listed below for 2015/16 financial year. 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B) Interested bidders must attach documentary evidence of the following; • Certificate of Incorporation • Current single business permit • KRA Pin Certificate • Tax compliance certificate • Detailed Company profile • Bank statements for the last 1 year • Financial audited accounts for the last 3 years • Relevant Past Experience • Certificate from Relevant Regulatory Authority Duly completed forms must be submitted in plain sealed envelopes on 2nd numbers, addressed to; November 2015 clearly marked with the tender Head Of Procurement Committee HASHI ENERGY LIMITED International House 11th Floor P.O BOX 10795-00100 NAIROBI. 4. 5. MINISTRY OF LANDS, HOUSING AND PUBLIC UTILITIES – EASTERN EQUATORIA STATE THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST TO UNDERTAKE HYDROGEOLOGICAL STUDIES IN IMEHEJEK ADMINISTRATIVE AREA, KAPOETA NORTH, SOUTH AND EAST COUNTIES OF EASTERN EQUATORIA STATE IN THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN 1. NIRAS International Consulting is assisting the State Ministry of Lands, Housing and Public Utilities for Eastern Equatoria State in a water, sanitation and water resource development project known as ProWAS/ SSN-EES (Water for People and Productive Use in Eastern Equatoria). This is a joint project of the Ministry of Electricity, Dams, Irrigation and Water Resources at the national level and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, who have provided a fund which is being administered by NIRAS International Consulting. 2. NIRAS now intends to apply part of this fund to cover eligible payments under the Contract; for Hydrogeological Studies in Imehejek Administrative Area, Kapoeta North, South and East Counties of Eastern Equatoria State in South Sudan. NIRAS invites Expressions of Interest from eligible and qualified consultant firms to provide the consultant services above. 3. 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Late Expressions of Interest shall not be accepted for evaluation irrespective of the circumstances.
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