Dec 9, 2021

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How youth, women, PWDs got raw deal in state tenders

Young people, women and people with disabilities have tough business with government tenders. According to reports, only 20 percent of calls for tenders were reserved for stakeholders.

A report presented in Parliament on Tuesday found that of the Sh122 billion tenders issued by government agencies, only Sh24 billion were tenders. reserved for companies owned by youth, women and people with disabilities.

The Government Procurement Regulator said, “This implies that the majority of procurement agencies at both levels of government reserved less than the required minimum of 30 percent . “

In the report on the tenders awarded between January and June, the agency said the national government was the worst performing at 17.9 percent, while the county governments averaged 31.5 percent.

“On average, none of the categories of procurement offices reserved at least the required minimum quantity of 30 percent, except for the B district governments, “said PPRA.

Of the contracts, women received 7.9 billion Sh. get more – accounting for 50 percent, followed by youth with 6.5 billion shrimp with 41.9 percent, while people with disabilities got the least with $ 1.1 billion.

The majority of contracts was awarded by state-owned companies with 44 percent, followed by universities, colleges and technical colleges with 26.5 percent, with the district assemblies awarding the lowest with 0.76 percent.

“PWDs received the few orders, some with no orders from this group, ”the report said.

PPRA also expressed concerns about the low absorption of funds reserved for disadvantaged groups, as did many government agencies Use attributed to Covid-19.

“The majority of the procurement agencies still failed to inform the authority about orders that were awarded to the target groups in accordance with the statutory provisions report, “said the agency.

The PPRA said despite its circular on mandatory reporting for all procurement entities, the rate was low and poor. “The trend is pronounced in all categories of procurement agencies.”

All CDF, NGAAF committees, water companies, all public schools and all diplomatic missions in Kenya have not reported any tenders to the special groups.

Ministries, state departments and authorities only handed 27.7 percent of the tenders to the special groups, while state-owned companies handed the least 16.2 percent.

Universities and constitutional offices delivered 29 percent of their tenders to women, young people and People with disabilities from the Sh101 billion tenders submitted in the reporting period.

In terms of ministries, only ASAL, fisheries, livestock, infrastructure and higher education met the 30 percent rule.

That The Ministry of the Environment awarded 25 percent of the tenders to the special groups, while the Commerce Department only gave 10 percent.

The Gender, Interior and Post-Training departments v resulted in no surcharges. all contracts to special groups despite pending tenders near Sh2 b illion.

Lands, Petroleum, Water, Planning, Cooperatives, Basic Education, Tourism, Wildlife Departments and National Treasury have not passed their offers on to PPRA .

The office of the Controllers of Budget, Justice and Courts did not provide any information on the planned purchases or the purchases reserved for the target groups.

The University of Nairobi participated in the SAGAs 64 percent received the most awards, followed by the Kenya Revenue Authority 48 percent, Kenya Seed 47 percent and Kefri 37 percent.

At least 54 of the 68 state-owned companies reserved at least 30 percent of their total procurement budget for the disadvantaged groups while 14 reserved less than the required 30 percent.

The remaining 24 state-owned companies gave their total procurement and those reserved for the disadvantaged groups The sums are not known, so their degree of fulfillment could not be estimated only five percent reserved.

All universities met the 30 percent requirement with the exception of Kaimosi Friends, Chuka and Multimedia universities, and a number of technical universities colleges.

Awarded for districts Jackson Mandago’s Uasin Gishu district 53 percent of the tenders to the disadvantaged group, followed by Kitui, who handed over 40 percent.

Kwale awarded 37 percent, followed by Kisumu 34 percent, Makueni (31 percent), Busia ( 31 percent), with Marsabit, Laikipia, Trans Nzoia, Meru and Taita Taveta each with 30 percent.

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)