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Poor compliance levels revealed by PPRA’s Annual Performance Evaluation Report for Financial Year 2018/19 has prompted the Minister for Finance and Planning, Dr. Philip Mpango, to order suspension of procurement officers in six procuring entities (PEs)  to allow investigation of their culpability, TPJ can report.

Dr. Mpango gave the directive after receiving a briefing from PPRA’s Board Chairman, Amb. Matern Lumbanga, to the fact that six procuring entities, namely Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA), Agricultural Seeds Agency, the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Kaliua District Council, Nsimbo District Council and Centre for Foreign Relations, had scored performance levels of below 60 percent.  

The minister also directed heads of those procuring entities ‘to re-evaluate themselves’ to see if they were still suited for their positions.

“I need more investigation to be conducted for all procuring entities with poor compliance level [and] I direct that steps be taken against all who were involved in misprocurement,” Dr. Mpango said and added: “We cannot allow things to continue like this.”

Furthermore, on being told by PPRA’s Board Chairman that investigations in five entities revealed that the government incurred losses amounting to TZS 4.36 bn due bidders’ fees and changes made to project designs that led to abandonment of some works, the minister directed that the culprits in those entities, namely Bank of Tanzania (BOT), Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA), Rural Energy Agency (REA), Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and Nkasi District Council, make up for the loss and be taken to the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) for further investigation.

However, the Chairman also told Dr. Mpango that through investigations, PPRA managed to prevent loss of TZS 3.39 bn which would have occurred due to misappropriation by unscrupulous bidders and officials, a detail which prompted the minister to say with pleasure “You are doing a commendable job and the government has noted your support towards government’s efforts.”

Speaking on twelve contracts worth TZS 25.8 bn which were found to have high level of corruption red flags, Dr. Mpango directed PCCB to take appropriate actions immediately against all the culprits in what he called “this cancer [which] must be dealt with.”

“Deal with them all, I mean all… don’t leave any stone untouched,” Dr. Mpango said of the culprits involved in the contracts at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Tanzania Railways Corporations (TRC), TBS and Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA).

According to the Chairman, PPRA conducted value for money audits on 290 procurement contracts worth over TZS 8 bn, which comprised of building, roads, bridges and civil works worth over TZS 996 billion; electrical works worth TZS 25.85billion; and over TZS 7 billion worth of railway construction works. Others were water supply and irrigation schemes totaling TZS 60.11 billion; goods worth 124.84 billionn as well as consultancy services worth TZS 48.24 billion.

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