President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday issued an Executive Order on ‘Procurement of Public Goods, Works and Services by Public Entities’.
According to the statement from State House Spokesperson Manoa Esipisu, the order is in line with the President’s commitment to entrench good governance in the management of public affairs, and deepen accountability and transparency in the procurement of public goods, works and services.
The Order is premised on the Constitutional principles of Chapter 12 on public financial management, and in particular Art. 201 and 227 that emphasize integrity, prudent use of financial resources, and fair, equitable, competitive and cost effective procurement. Reads the statement.
The Executive Order requires all government entities and public owned institutions to publish full details of tenders and awards from the 1st of July 2018.
The publication will allow members of the public to access the information which shall include the items or services purchased, contract prices, and the particulars of the suppliers including owners, directors and beneficial ownership.
According to the president, this will enhance the highest level of public scrutiny at all units of public administration, and thereby improve the management of public resources for public good.
The statement further says, from 1st of January 2019, all public procurement will be undertaken through the electronic platform of the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS). The Cabinet Secretary National Treasury has been directed to guarantee the integrity of the system, and secure the seamless integration of all public procuring entities.
As outlined in their respective Letters of Appointment, Accounting Officers shall take personal responsibility for all procurement in their agencies, and will be held personally accountable for all public resources under their charge. Concludes the statement.