President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday issued a fierce warning against corrupt tendencies that have become synonymous with the country’s public procurement system. Mnangagwa said that the procurement mal-practices in both public and private sectors should come to an end
Officially launching the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ), the president said:
It is disheartening that purchasing and supplying activities have in the past been characterized by procurement malpractices such as bid-rigging, complementary bidding and inflating prices. In some cases, contracts were awarded without following proper tender procedures while awarding committee members who sometimes double as contractors.
These procurement malpractices in both private and public sectors must certainly stop.
The PRAZ took over from the State Procurement Board (SPB) whose leadership was implicated in corruption scandals.
Analysts have always viewed procurement system as prone to political interference since procurement officials are appointed by political elites.