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E-procurement on course, says Esipisu

EASTLANDS-ROADSNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 25 – State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu has said that e-procurement in public institutions will ensure a sound and transparent public procurement system to reduce options for corrupt practices.

Esipisu said the President’s position in the fight against corrupt practices in public institutions is spelt out in last month’s Executive Order 6.

The order, now under implementation, holds public officers accountable for their deeds. The State House spokesman was fielding questions during a press briefing at State House, Nairobi Wednesday.

He said the Treasury through its Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) Department has trained all State Corporations to help them publish their tenders online.

IFMIS is a central computer-based system and the only avenue to incur expenditures for the entire government.

“260 public bodies participated in the three-day training event, which brought together 1,900 officers,” Esipisu said.

The Spokesman said State corporations and public universities have already been accredited to use the IFMIS tender portal and have since uploaded 18 live tenders and over 200 contract awards.

On other issues, Esipisu assured that the President’s state of the nation address to a special sitting of Parliament Thursday will cover all issues affecting Kenyans. The Spokesman said the national government continues to buy maize from farmers even as it also encourages county governments to invest in buying of grains.

Esipisu also affirmed government’s commitment to providing relief food to Kenyans currently experiencing food deficiencies. He said the purchase of maize will enable the government to feed areas that have experienced inadequate rains and crop failures.

During the briefing the State House Spokesman discussed a wide range of issues including security, the rule of law, parastatal reforms and recent official visits to Japan and Namibia.

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