Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced Wednesday changes to the country’s procurement system as part of measures aimed at fighting corruption.
The executive order directed all government institutions to begin publishing full details of tenders and those who win the bids to stamp out corruption which thrives in the procurement system.
“The publication will allow members of the public to access the information – which shall include the items or services purchased, contract prices, and the particulars of the suppliers including owners, directors and beneficial ownership,” Kenyatta said.
He said the publication of tender names will enhance the highest level of public scrutiny at all units of public administration, and thereby improve the management of public resources for public good.
The drastic measure comes after Kenyatta on June 1 ordered all procurement and accounting officers of state agencies, departments and parastatals to be vetted afresh.
A furious Kenyatta also directed that the officers be subjected to a polygraph test before being allowed to continue with their duties.
“Further, from January 1, 2019, all public procurement will be undertaken through the electronic platform of the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS),” Kenyatta said.
He directed the Cabinet Secretary National Treasury to guarantee the integrity of the system, and secure the seamless integration of all public procuring entities.
He said the Executive Order is premised on the Constitutional principles of Chapter 12 on public financial management, and in particular Art. 201 and 227 that emphasizes integrity, prudent use of financial resources, and fair, equitable, competitive and cost effective procurement.
The president stressed that accounting officers shall take personal responsibility for all procurement in their agencies, and will be held personally accountable for all public resources under their charge.
The latest presidential directive comes after law enforcement officers have rounded up more than 50 graft suspects and charged them in court over the siphoning of 90 million U.S. dollars from National Youth Service (NYS) through fictitious procurement of goods that were never delivered.