TCIB set to launch guide book to empower MPs

31Oct 2019
James Kandoya
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
TCIB set to launch guide book to empower MPs

TANZANIA Citizen’s Information Bureau (TCIB) is set to launch a guide book to empower Members of Parliament on how to undertake parliamentary oversight for public procured goods and services.

TCIB executive director Deus Kibamba

Speaking at the stakeholders meeting in Dar es Salaam, the TCIB executive director Deus Kibamba said the aim of the meeting was to collect views ahead of the book launch after a mini survey across the country.

The book dubbed: “Achieving Effective Procurement in Tanzania: A guidebook for Parliamentary Engagement in Tanzania will be launched in the Parliament session slated to kick from January next year.

Kibamba said public procurement and open contracting were essential elements of the development discourse in Africa and beyond procurement is at the heart of almost everything a government does.

He said to ensure that the mandate of management of public resources the Parliament should ensure open contracting and public procurement accords to principles of good governance

According to him, the parliamentarians need access to credible and reliable information in order to make informed decision.

He said the guide books highlights state of art methods that can be used in the course of the legislature performing its oversight duties connected with public procurement.

“TCIB is teamed up with other civil society organization to implement intervention around and engaging with parliament of Tanzania for improved procurement,” he said.

In her presentation, “Open Contracting and Public Procurement Issues in Tanzania” TCIB legal consultant, Neema Kimambo said the guide book aims to empower parliamentarians by arming them with step to step guidance.

She said building adequate procurement capacity to those involved in management and oversight of procurement activities is a crucial step toward realizing success of the proposed best value for money system

Kimambo said corruption is still rampant in the country resulting into lack of value for money in some projects.

According to her, the National Assembly is an important oversight institution which checks on public expenditure among many other functions.

She said it was obvious that the National Assembly had a role in public procurement, since it is the one enacting procurement laws.

“We intend at making the law a tool to facilitate efficiency and achievement of best value for money that was striking the best balance economy, efficiency and effectiveness”, she said.

Kimambo said the competitive tendering whose emphasis was on price competition and non-discretion authority to government officials in selection of vendors, denies the government an opportunity to negotiate with bidders.

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