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Kenya: William Ruto moves to enforce tender disclosure directive

Deputy President William Ruto has directed all public entitites to publish information on beneficiaries of government tenders to avoid sanctions.

Dr Ruto, who was speaking at the Open Governance Partnerships forum on Monday, asked Treasury to submit list of all public bodies who have defied the government order on tender disclosure to the Head of Public Service within 30 days.

Mr Ruto’s remarks are based on an executive order issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta mid last year requiring all government entities to publish full details of tenders.

The President issued the order to trim procurement corruption by allowing members of the public to scrutinise details of deals, including goods and services purchased by government entities, cost and suppliers.

Since last year, the number of tenders published online in compliance the Mr Kenyatta’s directive has increased threefold.

The online portal, which was established in July, listed 7,805 tenders worth Sh55.79 billion that were awarded to 4,477 registered suppliers.

This represents a 204 per cent increase compared with the 2,566 tenders worth Sh23.23 billion listed in September.

But many State agencies continue to defy the directive.

By Daily Nation

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