PRAZ Digitalized For Transparency

By Desire Tshuma

The Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) has digitilised its procurement system to get rid of fraudulent activities.

The new electronic system and data base is being installed through a partnership between the government and development agencies for transparency in the award of tenders to suppliers of goods and services.

“It is now a thing of the past for the government to be invaded by unscrupulous and incompetent suppliers of goods and services,” said Clever Ruswa (pictured) CEO for PRAZ at a media workshop.

“The process is already taking shape and we expect this development to be a milestone in ensuring that we achieve our goal for sustainable procurement practices and value for money process, which is the key thrust of our mandate.”

Mr Gondo, who is also an official at PRAZ, said Zimbabwe is also investigating instances of alleged over-pricing of goods and services to the government by contracted firms.

“This is an on-going process where the main agenda is to monitor how prices are being instituted, including whether the contractors are complying to the relevant protocols for the benefit of government,” said Gondo.

Riswa said Government was working with regulators in stamping out errant contractors and emotional contractors, who bid for tenders but at the end of the day deliver nothing.

He applauded the media for their efforts in exposing errant contractors.

During the workshop, journalists had an opportunity to assess the current tender systems within government departments, ministries and agencies laws governing tendering systems and standardisation of procedures.

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