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Namibian government needs to ‘close anti-corruption gaps’


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15 December 2013 | Will Green

A think tank has criticized Namibian government procurement as “not always based on transparency, competition and objective criteria”

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said the government needed to “close anti-corruption gaps” to bring it into line with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).

The IPPR said it had identified a number of areas where there were “weaknesses” in terms of compliance with UNCAC, to which the government is a signatory, including a lack of laws covering whistleblowing, declaration of assets by public servants and access to information; and transparency over finances.

Namibia’s public procurement decision-making is not always based on transparency, competition and objective criteria,” said the IPPR.

Meanwhile, the Public Procurement Bill, intended to overhaul government procurement processes, has been withdrawn from parliament “until further notice” following criticism from parliamentarians, the state-owned newspaper New Era reported.

The Namibian government’s Anti-Corruption Commission did not respond to SM’s request for comment.

Kenyan government to investigate corruption allegations over new procurement policy


SupplyManagement

November 24, 2013

By Will Green

The Kenyan government has launched an investigation into allegations of corruption surrounding the implementation of a new procurement policy targeting disadvantaged groups.

Under a presidential directive, 30 per cent of government tenders will go to the young, women and the disabled, who need to sign up to a register administered by the National Treasury.

In a statement, the National Treasury has responded to allegations that officials have taken money as part of the registration process.

The statement said: “We would like to assure the general public that the registration and certification undertaken by the National Treasury is offered free of any charge whatsoever. Anyone purporting to extort money from the public will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

“Although we are confident that the exercise is being done openly and transparently we have initiated investigations and are monitoring the process keenly to ensure that our confidence in the process is well founded.”

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