TVET Principals urged to adhere to procurement regulations

Participants at the KATTI workshop held at Rift Valley National Polytechnic.

Principals, Procurement Officers and Financial Officers in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions have been asked to strictly adhere to procurement laws and regulations to curb loss of public funds.

Senior officer from the Office of the Auditor General, Peter Wambugu, revealed that over 50 percent of audit queries in the institutions come from procurement processes.

Wambugu was speaking during the KATTI South Rift and North Rift region’s training on Financial Management and Audit held at Rift Valley National Polytechnic in Nakuru County, where he reiterated that the colleges should have a list of registered suppliers of goods, works and services per procurement laws.

He regretted that majority of TVET institutions had one supplier who would supply over 50 percent of goods and services contrary to the law.

“All suppliers must be registered for a specified period not exceeding two years, inviting them on a rotational basis for subsequent tendering proceedings,” he said.

Wambugu told the Principals, who are also Accounting Officers, that it was their responsibility to ensure their institutions comply with all procurement laws including the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015 (PPAD Act 2015) and the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Regulations, 2020 (PPADR 2020) among others.

He also warned them against awarding tenders to public officers.

Other officers in attendance at the training themed, ‘Towards Zero Fault Audit’ included Muli Mulili, Stephene Obondi, KATTI Principals, Deputy Principals, Financial officers, Procurement officers and Rift Valley Regional TVET Director Hassan Mohamed among other dignitaries.

By Peter Otuoro

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