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
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.