NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Wednesday urged East African
Community (EAC) member states to deploy information
technology (IT)-enabled procurement systems in order to
cabinet secretary for the National Treasury and
Planning, told a regional finance forum in Nairobi that
corruption must be eliminated in order to restore public
confidence and ensure fair competition.
e-procurement will go a long way in strengthening public
procurement systems within the region, with a view to
curbing corruption,” said Rotich when he officially
opened the East African Procurement conference in
the EAC member states are signatories to the UN
Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in which one of
the resolutions is for the countries to implement
measures aimed at combating corruption, particularly in
public procurement,” he added.
three-day forum is discussing key issues affecting the
transformation and modernization of the public
procurement systems; forging a common front among EAC
member states on the value of public procurement for the
promotion of good governance; professionalization of
procurement practice through legal mechanisms; and
sustaining public procurement reforms in the national
that public procurement is a major economic activity
which generates significant financial flows in the
consequence, public procurement has become one of the
most vulnerable areas to corruption, fraud and bribery,”
official noted that a good procurement system is vital
to effective public expenditure management and to the
delivery of services to citizens on time, at the most
reasonable cost, and with the best quality.
that sound public procurement policies and practices are
among the essential elements of good governance.
Rotich, current best practice in public procurement
adopts the operating principles of value for money,
transparency and accountability, in an environment using
an integrated financial management information system
that incorporates the principles of output management.
of the procurement system depends on a clear
articulation and understanding of what the legal and
regulatory framework seeks to achieve. We must also
continue to invest in the capacity of public sector
systems, workers and management to ensure our public
services are efficient, effective and professional,”
director-general of the Public Procurement Regulatory
Authority, said that African countries are slowly moving
toward e-procurement, with Rwanda being the first one to
do so, and many having migrated to the Integrated
Financial Management Information System.
“For us to
improve public procurement, we will need to strengthen
the capacity of the agencies involved and deploy robust
information communication technology (ICT) systems to
seal all the loopholes that might provide fertile
breeding grounds for corruption,” Juma added.
anti-graft efforts in Africa: officials
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Underfunding affects Africa’s
anti-corruption efforts, African officials in charge of
anti-graft said Wednesday in Kigali, capital city of
ombudsman institutions are not fully funded to go down
to the grassroots to follow up on corruption-related
complaints, said Busisiwe Mkhwebane, South African
public prosecutor and vice chairperson of African
Ombudsman and Mediators Association (AOMA), at the
opening of the 6th General Assembly of the
affects effectiveness of the institution of ombudsman in
terms of investigating citizens’ complaints, yet the
ombudsman plays a critical role in governance by
fighting corruption and protecting the vulnerable, said
Florence Kajuju, Kenyan Ombudsman and acting secretary
general of the AOMA.
which runs till Friday, draws delegates from more than
40 African countries under the theme “The Role of the
Ombudsman and Mediators in Promoting Transparency and
Accountable Governance in Africa.”
The theme is
in line with the African Union’s commitment to “winning
the fight against corruption as sustainable path to
Africa’s transformation,” this year’s theme of the pan-Afrcan
bloc, said said Rwandan Minister of Justice and Attorney
General Johnston Busingye in his opening remarks.
participants said at the assembly that corruption
undermines effectiveness in the delivery of services,
leads to poverty and weakens the protection of the
impediment to socio-economic
development in Africa: Botswana president
GABORONE Botswana (Xinhua) --
Corruption is the most universally known
impediment to socio-economic development of Africa,
Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi said Wednesday.
opening the ongoing seventh edition of the African Union
(AU) high level dialogue on democracy, human rights and
governance in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital city, Masisi
said political instability is impeding the much-needed
economic progress on the African continent.
is the most universally known impediment to
socio-economic development,” said Masisi during the
event that brought together pioneers and stalwarts of
democracy, human rights and governance under one roof.
He said it
is common knowledge that most of the conflicts in Africa
remain etched in the competition for resources and
access to state power to accumulate personal wealth
Masisi said the lack of due regard for basic human
rights of their respective citizens by many African
governments also continues to ferment tensions resulting
in the perpetuation of such conflicts.
situation breeds corruption and political instability
which impede the much-needed economic progress on the
continent,” he said at the event held under the theme:
Winning the fight against corruption: A sustainable path
to Africa’s transformation.
Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU that
was held in Jan. 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia declared
2018 as the Africa Anti-Corruption Year.
the biggest threat to the achievement of the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs), as adopted by members of the
United Nations (UN) in 2015.
the same event, Nonofo Molefhi, Botswana’s minister of
presidential affairs, governance and public
administration, said there is need for more platforms to
ensure that the message about corruption and its
consequences are well understood.
speak with one voice on the fight against the scourge of
corruption,” said Molefhi.