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Avoid conflict of interest in procurement, govt tells councils

12th April 2012
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Deputy Minister for Regional Administration and Local Government, Aggrey Mwanri

The government has burned councils from procuring service from companies which are owned by council staff, the House has been told.

Deputy Minister for Regional Administration and Local Government, Aggrey Mwanri told the House on Tuesday when he was answering a principal question by Mwigulu Nchemba (CCM - Iramba West), who had wanted to know the pro and cons of the government’s move to change the members of tender boards in district concils by removing councillors and replacing them with experts.

He said councillors were not members of the tender boards in the district councils according to the law, but had the duty to effect the laws, to decide and to supervise councils.

He said experts, for their part, were supposed to advise the council to reach sound decisions.

“To include councillors on the boards is to make the councils fail to monitor and to protect the interests of the council as the decision-making apparatus in the councils,” said Mwanri.

He said there were advantages in using experts on the tender board in that a high percentage of the funds in the councils go through the procurement department.

“This needs expert experience for sound decisions to be made. In principal there are no losses when the experts are used on tender boards,” stressed the deputy minister.

Mwanri told the House that government regulation number 6 (1-8) of the government notice number 177 of 2007on tender boards in local government authorities barred officers of the councils, councillors, and members of the tender boards from engaging in affairs which bring about conflict of interest.

“In that context, the government will not hesitate to take punitive measures agasint those awarding themselves tenders,” said Mwanri.

In his supplementary question, George Simbachawene (Kibakwe) wanted the minister to state clearly if it was willing to let councillors resume their former role on tender boards.

However, minister for Regional Administration and Local Government George Mkuchika said the government can not go against the parliamentary directive.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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