THE municipality of Larnaca said on Thursday it would be carrying out an internal audit of a sewerage project worth some €8m, a day after the Auditor-general notified it of irregularities in the award of the lucrative contract.
The Larnaca Sewerage Board had assigned the project to the second-lowest bidder, whose offer was €100,000 higher than the lowest bid.
Responding to the Auditor-general, the sewerage board’s lawyers said the body was not obliged to select the lowest bid, under the terms of the tender. They also said the lowest bid had been rejected because it was found to be deficient.
Nevertheless, the sewerage board is taking “seriously” the Auditor-general’s observations and has decided to appoint a second legal advisor to look into the case “as swiftly as possible.”
The legal advisor would be selected in consultation with the Auditor-general.
Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides has set his sights on both Larnaca as well as the Nicosia Sewerage Board. On the latter, he has found evidence pointing to a possible misappropriation of funds to the tune of €5m.