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The government has said it remains steadfast in its longstanding stance against malpractice and misprocurement in public procurement, TPJ can authoritatively report.

Speaking at the event of being presented with Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA)’s Annual Procurement Evaluation Report  (APER) for Financial Year 2017/18  at his office in the capital, the Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. Philip Mpango, said appropriate actions would be taken against public officials and institutions implicated in misdeeds.

The minister spoke after PPRA’ Board Chairman, Dr. Matern Lumbanga, had briefed him on the evaluation report which reveals that for 3,763 contracts worth TZS 805.68 billion, an average compliance level of 74 percent was observed, similar to what it was in the previous year.

The report also mentions that 11 entities, dubbed ‘big spenders’, whose combined procurement made a total of TZS 403.72 billion, scored an average compliance level of 72% as well as 98 projects in 30 entities which were deemed to have a high likelihood of corruption.

Dr. Mpango expressed concerns that issues related to misprocurement continue to bedevel public procurement and said: “I would like to see disciplinary actions taken against those who were found involved in misprocurement,” adding that failure to take action against [culprits] only allowed their misdeeds to thrive.

The minister also directed that the entities whose projects were deemed to have had a significant likelihood of coruption to be referred to Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau and saying that he would prefer the bureau to start with institutions which were under his ministry “as [they have] to be a good example of compling with the procurement law.”

According to Dr. Lumbanga, PPRA also conducted special audit on 29 projects, worth TZ371.97 billion and belonging to six procuring entities, namely Natinal Social Security Fund (NSSF), Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Livestock and Fisheries, National Housing Corporation (NHC), Prime Minister’s Office – Privet Sector Competitiveness Program, Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) and Mkwawa University College of Education.  

“The results shows that the government incurred loss amounting to TZS 23.7 billion due to poor contract management and misprocurement,” said Dr. Lumbanga and added that if the mentioned entities had implemented PPRA’s recommendations, the government would save TZS 13.84 billion.”

Dr. Lumbanga also briefed the minister on PPRA’s bid to improve the public procurement system towards attainment of value for money, through the Tanzania National e-Procuremen System (Taneps), an internet-based online system which is currently being piloted in selected 100 procuring entities on the procurement of medicine, medical supplies and common use items.

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