All Public Entities arenowrequired  to  publish  their  tenderawardson  the onlineGovernment portal at the end ofevery Quarter foreasy access bythe public.

Mr Thomas  Otieno, the  managerofCapacity  Buildingat  the  PublicProcurement  RegulatoryAuthority  (PPRA), said this  is  a directivethat government  agenciesshould followto enable eligible biddersto prepare accordingly.

“We urge  you  to  make  it  routine to  publishall planned tenders  on yourdigital  platforms,including websites.This will cushionyou from legal battles and prevent any eligiblebidder from being locked out of the tendering process because they have failed to submit a singledocument,”said Mr Otieno,  who  was  speaking  during  a  recent procurement  sensitization  workshop  for  the Commission’s top management at Lake Naivasha-Panorama ParkinNakuru County.

He added that there isalso need for government entities to embrace green procurement practicesas enshrined in new procurement law.

This  refers  to  the  purchase of  products andservices that  have no  negative effect on  the environment.With climate change and global warming taking a toll on the environment, there is need  for public organizationsto  adopt  green  procurement  practices  to  help  conserve  the environment, he said.

"You mustalsodemonstrate  as  Commission  for  University  Education  that  you  are  promoting local  contentby  purchasing locally  manufactured  goods  and  services.This  meansthat 40per cent of your tenders must be awarded to local manufacturers,”added Mr Otieno

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Commission  Secretary/CEO  Prof.  Mwenda Ntarangwi  (second  left)  and  members  of  CUE Top Management,  Heads  of departmentsduring a training held at the Lake Naivasha Panorama Park from22ndOctober 2019 to23rdOctober 2019.

The training focusedon the following areas:

1.The role of procurement in prudent management of public resources;
2.The public procurement legal provisions with an emphasis on the PPADA, 2015;
3.The Supply Chain Management Process and the role of each player (accounting officer, user department,   procurement   function,   evaluation   committees,   inspection   and   acceptance committees, contract implementation committees anddisposal committees among others);
4.The integration of procurement planning in the budgeting process;and
5.Work plansand the link with procurement planning.

The training was also facilitated by Mr Joseph Malonza fromthe National Treasury. Mr Malonza exposed  the CUE managementon  the  planning  cycle  in  public  institutions, implementation strategies, performance managementandthe
organizational budgeting process.

He  urged the  Commission  to  sensitize  its  bidderson  the  procurement  processand  make  the whole process transparent and satisfactory.

He also highlighted the overview of Kenya’s Vision 2030 and CUE’s rolein  achievement  of these  planned national  objectives.  TheCommission  Secretary/CEO  ProfMwenda  Ntarangwi, who   officially   opened   the event,thanked   the   two   facilitators for   thezeal   and   passion demonstrated in the training.

“We are looking forward to come out as better informed people. Wewill not hesitate to askfor your expertise in training our other colleagues,”ProfNtarangwi said.

The  two-day  training organized  by  theHead  of  Supply  Chain  Management  Phyllis  Karimi was held from 22ndand 23rdOctober 2019.

The Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board (KMLTTB) visited the Commission for University Education on Wednesday, 1st October 2019 to seek a partnership that will allow both regulatory agencies to work closely in streamlining Medical laboratory Science courses offered at varsities across the country. At a meeting chaired by the Secretary/Chief Executive Officer Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi, the team from KMLTTB shared details of their work and how it intersects with that of the Commission.

Speaking during the meeting, Prof. Ntarangwi, expressed the need to have the two agencies work together to ensure that universities comply with the laid down standards and regulations that guide the training of medical laboratory technicians. The KMLTTB team was led by the Board’s Registrar Abdulalif Ali who shared a report on the current status of Medical Laboratory Science training programs offered at a number of universities in Kenya.

The report was based on inspections of some 13 universities in Kenya that offer training of Medical Laboratory Sciences at degree and diploma levels. The report was prepared after a study to ascertain whether the universities have complied with the set standards and regulations.

Commission Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi (centre) addresses a team from the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board during a consultative meeting to harmonize accreditation of Medical Laboratory Sciences offered at various universities in Kenya.

 

The Universities inspected were: University of Nairobi, Technical University of Mombasa, Moi University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenyatta University, Kisii University, Kenya Methodist University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Maseno University, Technical University of Kenya, Mount Kenya University, University of Eastern Africa Baraton and Alupe University College. The team shared its recommendations for each of the universities listed. Some of the recommendations given to specified universities were as follows:

•    Abolish training of Diploma course in Medical Laboratory Science due to inadequate resources;
•    To discontinue Medical Laboratory Science programme and transfer students to approved programmes;
•    To stop further admission of students into Medical Laboratory Science programme until compliance is attained. 

“This is actually a continuation of our meeting to collaborate and partner in work to be able to achieve what is required of the two regulators and to harmonize academic courses” Mr. Ali said.