Government officers directed to put tender details on public display

National government officers in charge of various departments in Murang’a County have been directed to display the list of all contractors who float tenders for delivery of various goods and services.

While speaking to County Service Delivery Committee members on Wednesday, the County Commissioner (CC), John Elung’ata said that doing so will enhance transparency and accountability.

It will also enable the public to monitor how their funds are being utilized.

Elung’ata said that no restricted tendering will be allowed anymore and that all project managers must adhere to the tendering procedures to the letter.

The CC pointed out that a list of all contractors who tender to deliver various supplies or services and names of those awarded the same must be posted at conspicuous places. Contract details, including the cost of the tender must also be displayed.

The open process will not only ensure that only the deserving contractor is awarded the tender but will also enable the public to scrutinize how funds are being used and whether services have been rendered to the tender specified standards, said the CC.

Elung’ata said that accountability and transparency are key elements in the public service, warning that officers who will flout the procurement regulations risk prosecution.

He advised the concerned officers to always seek guidance from the Supply Chain and Procurement offices to avoid cases of financial impropriety.

At the same time, the CC said officers in charge of various development projects should file monthly progress reports, indicating the level of completion of projects and how they impact on the livelihoods of the county’s residents.

Elung’ata noted that the achievement of the Big Four development agenda launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta would only be achieved if all those in public service selflessly played their roles.

Source: Kenya News Agency