Suspicious procurements in Chkhorotsku municipality
The local tenders of Chkhorotsku municipality are won by the father and brother of Netstan Karchava, the mayor’s representative in Khabume village. At the same time, Karchavas have close relations with the mayor of Chkhorotsku - Dato Gagua. They have received tenders and simplified procurements worth of GEL 3,377,519 since 2011.
Nestan Karchava’s father, Goneri Karchava is the Director and the sole owner of Tengo+ LTD. Since 2011, the company has participated in 55 tenders and won 32 of them with the total value of contracts of GEL 2,202,218.
It is noteworthy that Tengo+ LTD did not have competitors in 18 out of 32 tenders and the competitors were disqualified in 6 cases. The value of contracts signed with Tengo+ LTD was higher than the company’s initial offer in 5 cases and the contract value was higher than the estimated tender cost in three cases.
Tengo+ LTD received 10 simplified procurements in 2012-2020 with a total cost of GEL 282,389.
28 out of 32 tenders won by Tengo+ LTD come from Chkhorotsku municipality. Chkhorotsku City Hall was the purchaser in 6 of 10 simplified procurements.
Nestan Karchava’s brother, Ruslam Karchava, is also involved in state procurements. On the one hand, he is a trustee of an individual entrepreneur - Lasha Kobalia (who is a neighbor of Karchavas) and participates in state procurements by himself as an individual entrepreneur on the other hand.
Ruslam Karchava, as a trustee of Lasha Kobalia, participated in tenders on 29 occasions since 2016 and won 20 of them with the total value of contracts being GEL 444,237. Chkhorotsku municipality was the buyer in all cases. It should be noted, that the competitors were disqualified in 7 out of 20 tenders, the contracts were assigned to the company with a higher cost than the initial offer and the contract value was higher than the estimated tender cost in five cases. In 2015-2020, Lasha Kobalia received 13 simplified procurements worth of GEL 382,038, while 12 of those procurements were given by Chkhorotsku municipality.
Among 20 tenders won by Lasha Kobalia, the contracts were signed by Lasha Kobalia five times and by Ruslam Karchava, as his trustee - 15 times. The concluding delivery and acceptance certificates of these tenders were signed by Lasha Kobalia in three cases and by Ruslam Kardava in 17. From 13 simplified procurements, Lasha Kobalia signed 6 contracts, whereas Ruslam Karchava signed 7.
Ruslam Kardava, as an individual entrepreneur in particular, received five simplified procurements worth of GEL 66,637, out of which two of those procurements worth of GEL 58,796 come from Chkhorotsku municipality.
According to Transparency International Georgia, Tengo+ LTD and Ruslam Karchava’s (Lasha Kobalia’s) involvement in Chkhorotsku municipality state procurements raise doubts on the lawfulness of the process. Therefore, we call upon the Anti-corruption agency of the State Security Service of Georgia to study each procurement and determine whether they include the signs of alleged corruption.