PPRA saves 37bn/- via cautious procurement

17Jul 2019
Aisia Rweyemamu
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
PPRA saves 37bn/- via cautious procurement

The Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) has saved 46.9bn/- in two years that would have been lost due to poor procurement procedures.

PPRA Chief Executive Officer Leonard Kapongo.

PPRA Chief Executive Officer Leonard Kapongo said this at the 7th Public Procurement Conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Government money was saved during the 2016/17and 2017/18, financial years when PPRA was conducting an investigation to identify violations of procurement procedures.

Kapongo said the saved money was due to non-payment of contractors and service providers who would have been paid contrary to procurement procedures.

In addition, PPRA is faced with various challenges as some institutions do not provide cooperation during investigative exercises, he said.

“Failure of government institutions to effectively supervise the implementation of procurement agreements is a factor that affects value for money in rendering public services,” he stated.

In his opening remarks, the Minister of State in the President's Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments), Selemani Jafo directed that serious measures be taken on anyone involved in the loss of government funds, including refunding it.

The minister said boards of directors and officials of government institutions are directly involved in ensuring that the rules, regulations and procurement procedures are effectively followed.

The minister acknowledged the challenges facing PPRA, including shortage of staff and the problem of buildings that caused PPRA to spend a lot of money to pay for the rent, promising to work on the problems.

Earlier, the Acting Chairman of the PPRA Board, Professor Sufian

Bukurura said they faced a shortage of human resources thus affecting the implementation of their duties.

Prof. Bukurura said the budget deficit is another challenge that makes PPRA fail to carry out its duty effectively. The entity is annually forced to conduct inspection of 100 government entities out of 500, due to financial challenge, he told the minister.