President Uhuru Kenyatta read the riot act to companies engaged in business with the government warning that private entities that flout the business code of ethic will be barred from doing business with both the national and local government for at least five years.
The President, who issued a raft of policy statements aimed at curbing graft in the country, said the disqualification will also apply to the directors of the companies that have been barred.
A public procurement code of ethics for procuring entities is already being enforced by Public Procurement Oversight Authority (PPOA) and a number of companies and directors have been blacklisted for flouting the code of ethics.
The name of the debarred companies, directors and public officials who approved the tender documents have been published on the PPOA website. It is expected the announcement by the President will expand the code of ethics to cover the private sector.
He directed the Cabinet Secretary to the National Treasury to ensure the code is part of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act through regulation addendum.
“Accounting officers, AIE (Authority to Incur Expenditure) holders and supply chain officer will be held personally liable for doing government business with blacklisted companies,” said the President, after receiving a proposed Bribery Bill presented by the Private sector.
The President made it clear that the private sector must plat their role in the war against graft, saying 70 percent of corruption is in the procurement departments which do business with the private sector.
“I think today marks a new beginning. I want to begin by first thanking the private sector, who have worked in conjunction with the Government to come up with various recommendations and I give them my assurance that my Government will implement those recommendations to the letter – that, we shall do,” said the President.