NAIROBI, Kenya, July 2 – The Public Procurement Regulatory Authority has flagged 12 counties of under performance in adhering to established rules and regulations for procurement entities countrywide.
Kilifi, West Pokot, Kitui, Kajiado, Elgeyo Marakwet, Garissa, Machakos, Tharaka Nithi, Marsabit, Siaya, Tana River and Isiolo counties scored below the set standard by the procurement regulator due to numerous malpractices the regions engaged in.
Chairperson Public Procurement Regulatory Board Andrew Musangi said the counties failed to follow some of the major procedures by employing non-qualified procurement personnel and applying the use of restricted tender which is considered illegal.
“ We find that of course, we can support some of these challenges experienced in different entities but inevitably as PPRA we have to conclude that there are some of these counties leave some risk areas open-ended and we can only help but believe they are left open-ended because of corrupt practices,” said the board chair while addressing the press on the findings of the audit.
With this assessment, Isiolo County government performed worst scoring 22.91 percent, a clear indication of the county being arrogant in following the guidelines.
PPRA now wants different investigating agencies to step up and bring to book some of the heads involved in issuing illegal tenders to unqualified individuals.
“The government is backing the authority’s efforts, and this is where we want such investigative institutions as DCI to deal with the culprits snatching away the opportunity from marginalized groups and women who acquire the tenders legally,” commented Musangi.
Other similarities that cut across the non-compliant counties include failure to apply evaluation criteria where some of the regions do it while the rest completely ignore it.
According to the law, the successful bidder should be presented to the rest of the competitors but in this case, the audit report revealed that many of the procurement entities only communicate to the successful bidder.
Director General PPRA Maurice Juma said the regions also engage in ignoring the time frame placed for signing contracts once a winner has been selected.
“We monitored some organizations signing contracts almost immediately compared to the 14 days usually given to most companies which is a breach of the law,” said the DJ.
However, Narok County emerged the top performer in obeying the stipulated guidelines for procurement entities scoring 80.3 percent.
The audit involved only 30 counties, with regions such as Kiambu missing but set to be assessed in the next financial year.