Hundreds flout procurement plan
The Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) has warned 361 public institution and agencies over delays to comply with norms that require submitting General Procurement Notices (GPNs) based on the Annual Procurement Plan for financial year 2016/2017.
Based on the Procurement Act No.7 of 2011, all public institutions are required to submit their GPNs to be published in the Tanzania Procurement Journal (TPJ) to allow a one stop centre, but over 70 percent of institutions had not met the requirement.
“This creates loopholes for corruption, violation of procurement law and allows embezzlement of public funds,” Dr Matern Lumbanga, PPRA Board Chairman said. Addressing members of the press, the Chairman said such tendencies also can damage duties of the regulator to overseeing public procurements.
The Controller and Auditor General (CAG) report for the financial year 2014/15 submitted in parliament detailed that over TZS 8.5bn procurements made by various institutions had not been included in the annual procurement plan. He explained that the government decision to push for all institutions to publish their GPNs was aimed at creating a more transparent environment which promotes accountability.
“It’s unfortunate that only 28.6 percent of companies had submitted their procurement notes. The number is equivalent to 145 out of 506 registered institutions and agencies,” he said.
Mr Lumbanga went on to note that the same institutions which had not submitted the notes had meanwhile published their procurements in various newspapers contrary to the law.
“The law requires all institutions to submit the GPNs one month prior to undertaking any of the procurements listed in the general procurement notes,” Dr Laurent Shirima PPRA Director General noted. He said as the matter of fact, the agencies violate the Public Procurement Act and it’s an offence as stipulated in the legislation No 104 (2 c). “The authority is hereby warning all the institutions which have not abided by the law to immediately submit their GPNs or else legal actions will be taken including taking them to court,” Mr Shirima explained.