Would you believe this, when someone called me to say that we now have a 100 million dollar man among the top brasses of the Armed Forces? I responded that it is quite possible, looking at the amount of multi-million dollar business deals at inflated prices that was concluded in recent times.
What do you think would be the price tag that was charged to the government for the purchase of the 120mm Rifled Mortars, the two regiments of Multi Launched Rocket Systems (MLRS), and the Vera-E Passive Air Defence Sensor that I had mentioned in my earlier writings, to name a few?
Why has the price tag being kept confidential; out of public hearing and is not even discussed in parliament. Does the price have any national security implication? Or is the government too afraid to expose the price tag, because someone will come out with figures that are far less than what the government has paid for? And mind you, the money does not belong to Mr. X or Mrs. Y; but it is public money obtained from the people. And would it not be proper that the public knows how the money is spent? An believe me, for as long as the price tag is kept confidential, corruption will persist.
And why have we to keep the middlemen or agents to the deals confidential? Who are these guys that we need to protect them? I view them as blood suckers who bleed the national coffer, to feed and enrich their cronies who know no shame.
To the guy that called me, the amount does not surprise me, as we have seen much larger amounts being squandered, like nobody’s business. It will take a bit of time though, before we all know who the 100 million dollar man actually is.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION