Silent mutiny? Security agencies led by Defence defy Uhuru order on tendering

Details are now emerging that the National Police Service, the DCI, and even the Department of Defence, DoD, are among top security organs that are openly disregarding an Executive Order by President Kenyatta which asked all ministries, state departments and agencies to publish and make public all the particulars of the winning bidders during the tender process, including their directors and shareholders.


The information was supposed to include the basis of awarding the tenders, parameters of assessment, names and details of tender committee members as well as the value of each contract.


In what will undoubtedly be perceived as a strange turn of events, the top offenders are members of the disciplined forces. Apart from the earlier mentioned security agencies, the Kenya Wildlife Service, KWS, and the National Youth Service, NYS, are the other disciplined forces that have ignored the presidential directive.


A report by the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) – the official procurement watchdog – shows that most State agencies snubbed the directive during the 2019/2020 financial year where tenders worth Sh232.77 billion were published on online portal.


The report by PPRA lists public water companies as the biggest laggards, with a non-compliance rate of 85.91 per cent.


Surprisingly, only Nairobi City Water & Sewerage Company Ltd, known for its controversy in the past, has been compliant.


Rogue State employees have been accused of manipulating the procurement law to inflate tender prices and line their pockets with huge sums of money in exchange for shady deals.


Documents relating to tender disputes before the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board (PPARB) have in the past shown that some crooked government officials collude with a cabal of tenderers to funnel lucrative government contracts to a select group of connected individuals, leaving in their wake protracted legal battles.



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