Agencies yet to submit reports on tenders to youth, women

Both the national government and the county governments have failed to meet the 30 percent procurement threshold set aside for youths, women and people with disabilities (PWDs). 

Similarly, only 94 of all the public procurement institutions including county governments, ministries and state parastatals have submitted their reports to the Public Procurement Oversight Authority (PPOA). 

PPOA Director General Maurice Juma also told MPs that youths, women and persons with disabilities got 2, 914 contracts awarded between January and June in the 2015/2016 financial year, with a total worth of just Sh1.436 billion.

Under the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) law 30 percent of the tenders are supposed to be for the three groups as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the start of his regime. 

According to the report tabled before the Joint Parliamentary Committee on National Cohesion and Equal Opportunities yesterday, youths got 1,313 contracts valued at Sh620.33 million, Women got 1,304 contracts worth Sh591.42million and PWD got 219 contracts valued at Sh166.77 million. 

The report said that some 78 contracts valued at Sh57.77 million were awarded to unspecified groups.

“We are worried with the laxity and disinterest with which public procurement entities are treating this issue,” said committee chairman Johnson Sakaja.

“It is unfortunate that only four ministries and four county governments have so far submitted their reports, three months after the reports were supposed to be submitted to the authority for compilation before forwarding to Parliament. We have given you three weeks to comply and report to us,” Sakaja told National Treasury and the authority’s officials.

When the Act came into force in January this year, only 134 procurement entities out of the more than 30,000 agencies targeted by the law submitted their procurement plans to PPRA for the six months period as required in the law to show the contracts reserved for the youth, women and PWD. 

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