24 state agen­cies don’t have re­ports on ten­ders for vul­ner­a­ble groups

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Parliament -

Twenty-four gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties are yet to up­date the progress of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 30 per cent al­lo­ca­tion of the pro­cure­ment bud­get to tar­get groups. The Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity said only 16 of the 40 min­istries and state de­part­ments have sub­mit­ted their re­ports on how women, youth and peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­ity have been awarded ten­ders. The au­thor­ity was ap­pear­ing be­fore the Joint Com­mit­tee on Co­he­sion and Equal Op­por­tu­ni­ties chaired by nom­i­nated MP John­son Sakaja (pic­tured). The Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment and As­sets Dis­posal Act, 2005, re­quire that pro­cure­ment en­ti­ties sub­mit to Par­lia­ment ev­ery six months a re­port on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pref­er­ences reser­va­tion scheme. A to­tal of Sh18.6 bil­lion worth of con­tracts have been awarded to the tar­get groups by 156 gov­ern­ment pro­cure­ment en­ti­ties. Against a to­tal bud­get of Sh86.5 bil­lion rep­re­sent­ing an av­er­age of 21.5 per cent, the con­tracts awarded are way be­low the re­quired 30 per cent. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, 12 county ex­ec­u­tives awarded Sh5.5 bil­lion against a to­tal bud­get of Sh26.3 bil­lion, rep­re­sent­ing 27 per cent. Twenty-one county as­sem­blies which re­ported awarded Sh618 mil­lion against a bud­get of Sh2.5 bil­lion, rep­re­sent­ing 24.52 per cent. The 156 na­tional and county gov­ern­ment, 12 county ex­ec­u­tives and 21 county as­sem­blies’ pro­cure­ment en­ti­ties re­served Sh24.8 bil­lion (21.51 per cent) of the to­tal bud­get of Sh115.4 bil­lion. Out of the 156 procur­ing en­ti­ties, 123 were from the na­tional gov­ern­ment, which in­cluded 86 state cor­po­ra­tions, 13 min­istries, 16 univer­si­ties and col­leges and eight com­mis­sions and in­de­pen­dent of­fices.

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