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DP Ruto goes after public entities not enforcing tender disclosure

By DPPS

Action will be taken against public entities that have failed to make open their procurement, Deputy President William Ruto has said.

Ruto said it was mandatory for all the entities to maintain, continuously update and publicise the procurement of public goods, works and services as contained in the Executive Order No. 2 of 2018.

Speaking in Nairobi during the launch of the Kenya Open Government Partnership National Action Plan on Monday, the DP directed the Treasury to forward the list of the outfits that had not adhered to the Order.

He said this should be done to the Head of Public Service within 30 days for action to be taken.
Read: Proactive disclosure framework critical to executive order’s success.

The DP noted that with improved technology, public entities need to adopt less confidentiality, few secrets, more information and more openness.

The Deputy President lauded Elgeyo-Marakwet, Makueni and Vihiga counties for taking up the initiative and called for more to subscribe to it so as to stimulate fact-based conversations in their respective areas of administration.

Treasury CS Henry Rotich said that openness and transparency in the government had resulted in increased public participation in the budget-making process.

“This has led to more oversight and, importantly, now our budget is more public interest-guided,” said Mr Rotich.

He said public entities that will fail to adhere to the Executive Order No. 2 of 2018 would not be able to access funds from the government.

Read also: Post-tender deals ‘a corruption loophole’
The CS said Treasury was in the process of adopting an end-to-end solution to procurement that will make public tenders open to the public, thereby weed-out criminals from the process.

Present at the launch were the Speaker of the Senate Ken Lusaka, Vihiga Governor Wilber Ottichilo, Makueni Deputy Governor Adelina Mwau.

Others were Head of the Delegation of the European Union Stefano Dejak, United Nations Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee, among others.

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