On the issue of biometric equipment from Canada, we were badly duped
We were duped. Government-to-government procurement deals by countries of the North are primarily meant to boost their exports.
Indeed, the interest of the government of Canada in this deal was to give business opportunities to the Canadian Commercial Corporation and Export Development Corporation – the two entities involved in the transaction.
By taking the government-to-government route, we gave away our right to procure the kits from the most competitive bidder. Imagine the sense of unfairness which companies that participated in the open bidding process now feel.
I am a little apprehensive about the manner in which the so-called government-to-government deal under which we are buying the technology we shall use to register voters was negotiated and concluded.