TODAY’S – Gov’t asked about alleged irregularities in ‘TOMA deal’

Gov’t asked about alleged irregularities in ‘TOMA deal’ The main opposition Republican Peopleand#39s Party (CHP) has submitted a parliamentary question asking the government about alleged irregularities in a deal to develop water cannons for the police force.Over the weekend, CHP Deputy Chairman Sezgin TanrIkulu asked Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoIlu in a parliamentary question whether the government recently awarded a TL 40.

6 million ($2.1 million) deal for the manufacture of 65 water cannons, or TOMA, to a pro-government manufacturer without sharing the details with the public.

TanrIkulu asked DavutoIlu if the government had declined to follow a transparent tender process for the purchase of 65 TOMAs but instead secretly awarded the deal to local developer Katmerciler AI, which belongs to former ruling party deputy Ismail Katmerci.Earlier this month, DavutoIlu said more TOMAs would be provided to the police force than the number that had been burned during violent protests across Turkey over the aance of the Islamic State inIraq and the Levant (ISIL) on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani.

andldquoFor each TOMA set on fire, five to 10 TOMAs will be bought, if necessary,andrdquo DavutoIlu said.Sympathizers of the terrorist Kurdistan Workersand#39 Party (PKK) took to the streets earlier this month following reports that ISIL was very near to capturing Kobani, which is being defended by the Kurdish Peopleand#39s Protection Units (YPG), a Syrian-based affiliate of the PKK.

TanrIkulu asked if the government had agreed to buy 65 TOMAs from Katmerciler for TL 40.6 million, which is TL 20 million more than the market value for the water cannons.

The CHP deputy also asked the government to reveal the details of the purchase of the TOMAs.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman

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