Twelve counties & nine parastatals flout public procurement laws according to a new report by the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) which regulates the sector.
In the report for the nine months between June 2018- March 2019, Narok emerged the best among 30 counties ranked with a score of 80.3%, says PPRA CEO Andrew Musangi
In second place was Mombasa which was closely followed by Kwale. Other top ranked counties included Meru, Nyamira, Samburu, Bomet and Kericho respectively with all five attaining an average rating of above 65%.
Those counties found to be operating outside the requirements of the PPA Act having scored a compliance rating of below 50% included Kilifi with a performance score of 48.5 % and Isiolo’s 22.91%, making it the worst performer.
Others found to be flouting the requirements included West Pokot (48.2%), Kitui, Kajiado, Elgeyo Marakwet, Garissa, Machakos, Tharaka Nithi, Marsabit, Siaya and Tana River (28.14%) respectively.
Of the 30 counties ranked in the quarterly survey, none was found to be fully compliant with requirements of the Act on purchases of goods and hiring of services by state entities.
The remaining 17 counties will be assessed in the subsequent period of review
Out of 34 parastatals ranked, only eight attained a decent ranking of 64.88 % or higher while nine others were found to be non compliant.
The best performers were National Aids Control Council, Nyeri Water & Sewerage Company, National Cereals and Produce Board , Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Kenya Medical Supplies Agency, Nzoia Sugar, Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat and the National Drought Management Authority.
Those state firms which flout procurement rules include KETRACO (49%), Lake Victoria North Water Service Board, KIRDI, SASRA, RIAT, Kenya National Shipping Line, National Museums of Kenya and Kakamega Golf Hotel (24%).
In most of the entities that were ranked poorly, it emerged that procurement records were missing while awarded contracts were not made public and failure to submit a procurement plans by the contracting entities.
Musangi says full automation of procurement processes will help curb procurement malpractices
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