Suspicious Procurements in Zugdidi Municipality - საერთაშორისო გამჭვირვალობა - საქართველო

Suspicious Procurements in Zugdidi Municipality

04 July, 2023

"Road Plus" LLC and "Building Group 17" LLC, which are connected to Zaza Antia, a friend and classmate of Zugdidi Mayor Mamuka Tsotseria and Deputy State Trustee in the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, Davit Kukhaleishvili, are being awarded local procurement contracts.

Since 2018, companies have been awarded tenders amounting to 22,108,948 GEL. Within this sum, Zugdidi City Hall has made purchases worth 12,129,286 GEL.

"Road Plus" LLC

"Road Plus" LLC was registered in 2020. Zaza Antia is the director and 100% shareholder of the company.

Since 2021, the company has taken part in 46 tenders and won in 16 instances. The overall funds received amount to 10,043,113 GEL, out of this amount, 3,715,316 GEL worth of purchases have been made by Zugdidi City Hall.

In 8 out of the 16 tenders won by "Road Plus" LLC, there were no other competitors, and in 3 instances, the company emerged as the winner due to the disqualification of the competitors.


“Building Group 17" LLC

The director and 100% shareholder of the "Building Group 17" LLC, registered in 2017, is Zaza Antia's mother, Aza Chikhladze. Zaza Antia acts as a trustee and signs the tender documents.

"Building Group 17" LLC took part in tenders between 2018 and 2021, winning 32 out of 74 tenders. The total worth of the contracts reached 12,005,725 GEL, with 8,333,860 GEL of those contracts being signed with Zugdidi City Hall. Additionally, "Building Group 17" LLC received two simplified procurements worth 60,110 GEL from Zugdidi City Hall.

Out of the 32 tenders won by "Building Group 17" LLC, there were no competitors in 20 instances, and in 6 tenders, they won due to the disqualification of the competitors.

According to Transparency International Georgia, the involvement of “Road Plus” LLC and “Building Group 17” LLC in the public procurement of Zugdidi Municipality raises questions about the legitimacy of the process. We call on the Anti-Corruption Agency of the State Security Service to thoroughly examine each procurement and assess the potential presence of corrupt transactions.