The Public Procurement Regulatory Authority PPRA has appointed former Kenya Airports Authority KAA and Kenya Revenue Authority KRA manager Patrick Kanyugo Wanjuki as director-general effective April 1, 2022.
Mr Wanjuki joins the country's procurement watchdog from the KAA where he has been the general manager in charge of procurement and logistics.
He is a supply chain management professional with 20 years of experience in government and private sector.
He previously worked in senior procurement positions at the National Transport and Safety Authority NTSA and the KRA.
The board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Patrick Kanyugo Wanjuki to the position of director-general, PPRA, with effect from April 1st, 2022, according to an internal memo from March 1st to the agency s staff seen by Business Daily.
The agency's former PPRA general manager, Maurice Juma, was replaced by Wanjuki.
Ms Pauline Obonyo Opiyo was able to steer the PPRA ship during the transition, and the Board takes this opportunity to thank her, said Mr Msangi.
With effect from March 1, Mr Msangi also announced the appointment of Mr Hennock Korosso Kirungu to the position of general manager, technical services.
Kirungu was previously a procurement watchdog at the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board, PPARB.
Public procurement has been in a place where public procurement has been a hit due to the rise in the number of contested public contracts.
Rogue State employees have often been accused of manipulating the procurement law to inflate tender prices and line their pockets with huge amounts of money in exchange for shady deals.
Documents relating to tender disputes before the PPARB have shown that some crooked government officials colllude with a cabal of tenderers to funnel lucrative government contracts to a select group of connected individuals, leaving protracted legal battles in their wake.
The head of the public service Joseph Kinyua asked accounting officers in ministries, departments and agencies to consolidate and publish tenders information on the 15th of every month.
The basis for awarding the tenders, parameters of assessment, names and details of tender committee members, as well as the value of each contract should be included in the information on the portal.
A report by the PPRA showed that most State agencies snubbed the directive during the financial year 2019 - 2020, where tenders worth Sh 232.77 billion were published on the online portal.
Nearly half of government departments, departments and agencies were yet to comply with a directive to publish tender details on a designated public procurement website, which undermined efforts to keep out of shadowy contractors and curb corruption.