Gachagua tough warning to corrupt procurement officials

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Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua./COURTESY

>>BY MWANAMGENI SAID>>

Kenya is hosting the second procurement and supply chain national dialogue 2023 in Mombasa

The five-day workshop’s main theme is to optimize the Economic Power of the Supply Chain through the Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda and align with the Government’s strategy to address economic challenges.

Speaking at the opening of the five-day workshop yesterday, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua warned procurement companies involved in corruption saying some of them have registered desperate youths and people with disability for their selfish motives.

”We know you get people with disabilities and ask them to register companies on your behalf so that you benefit from the priorities that have been given to those groups,” said Gachagua

However, he urged the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to recruit procurement professionals to assist in investigating corruption cases in the procurement sector

Gachagua noted that it is important for the two investigative firms to recruit a professional procurement officer who understands the ethics of the sector

“I therefore urge the EACC and DCI to recruit procurement professionals to assist in investigations. Investigators can only investigate matters in procurement when they understand the whole cycle,” added Gachagua. The workshop started on Mon 13th and is set to be completed on Friday 17th.

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