One thing is for sure: The image they started off as a challenge to provide electricity, became today the challenge of proving innocence to corruption…
The Distribution Service Providers (DSP) project was awarded to three main contractors and one consulting firm, :
Debbas for the South, ACC for Mount-Lebanon and Butec for the North. The consultant is Khatib & Alami.
Frankly, all four companies are renowned international ones. So let’s cross out two major issues here:
- These companies can deliver, they have absolutely no reason not to. They’ve done it elsewhere in the world, they will do it in Lebanon.
- These companies will make money out of the job. They have to. They will make money to pay for the expected good quality materials they’ll use, the quality workmanship they will employ, and I hope their social security and tax dues… What remains is our government’s obligation to make sure of that.
Now the main concern: Are our government representatives taking advantage of their positions in order to get richer from such projects? Here are the eyebrow lifters:
- Debbas, generally March 14 oriented, works in the backyard of South’s Landlord MP Nabih Berri.
- ACC, generally half-half oriented, is partially owned by PM & International Business Tycoon Najib Mikati.
- Butec, generally March 8 oriented, has its owner being the electoral partner and ally of our Electricity Minister and Business man Gebran Bassil.
- The above companies were allocated the DSP project without any bidding process… *
(*Source: The Executive)
This Politicized structure has all the good reasons for us to doubt a clean and transparent background, or as we say: it smells like something is happening “under the table”.
Because of previous experiences, because there is no independent judiciary system to hold accountability, because there is no anti-corruption police & investigators to control, because no pragamatic system is allowed to be established in order to guaranty confidence in any statement, and obviously because politicians like it this way, Media and Marketing make their way into our doubt & skepticism and drive our emotions and therefore conclusions.
So if you want to prove corruption, relax, you will not be able today to acquit nor convict of Minister Bassil, let alone any of the others. Instead, it will all boil down to us having to allocate our trust in the 2013 elections.
So while i recon that we will eventually get electricity, one has the right to doubt the final cost of this project, along with their cash-flow because of the following questions:
Do you believe that Debbas will be able to work in the south without passing a due to Amal’s MP Nabih Berri?
Do you believe that Glory Party’s, PM Najib Mikati will abstain from exceptionally gratifying ACC’s jobs in Mount Lebanon?
Do you believe that FPM’s Electricity Minister Bassil has orchestrated all the above without any illegal benefit?
If so, in 2013, vote for them, and if not don’t… Because as it happens, we might pay again tomorrow the price of the choices we make today.