Team formed to probe e-procurement challenges in counties

The National Treasury and Council of Governors (COG) have formed a taskforce to investigate challenges faced by counties in embracing the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMIS) popularly known as e-procurement system.

The taskforce is expected to submit its findings and recommendations by the end of this month. The recommendations will be implemented beginning next month paving way for a much more efficient use of e-procurement in the 47 counties.

In a statement on Thursday, the National Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich said IFMIS at National and County governments was aimed at ensuring that a robust public financial management system is realised and is not intended at derailing the Devolution process.

The formation of the taskforce follows concerns from governors that the e-procurement is a major impediment in implementing their programmes. Some of the reasons they cited include, lack of proper infrastructure and technical capacity to implement the system.

The taskforce is made up of three officials from Treasury and three officials from COG. The Commission on Revenue Allocation, the Controller of Budget and the Inter-Governmental Fiscal Relations will also each have a representative at the taskforce.

By Boniface Muoka