NCPB lost Sh400 million for purchase of gunny bags
SEE ALSO :Agency predicts 25pc fall in maize yieldAgriculture Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga was hard-pressed when he appeared before the committee, forcing him to ask for more time to bring top management of the board to explain the irregular purchase. The ministry could not explain how the board identified suppliers in the purchase as there was no documentary evidence to show how the procurement was conducted. The board awarded Greenland Suppliers to supply 2.7 million jute bags while Rai Plywoods, Textplast Industries and Trans Global Distributors were contracted to supply 525,000 plypropylene bags. “Expenditure items include amounts of Sh446, 651,961 and Sh394, 907,461 respectively totaling Sh841, 559,422 relating to purchase of gunny bags. However, an audit review of procurement records revealed that an expenditure of Sh401,460,400 was incurred on procurement of gunny bags during the year,” says audit report.
SEE ALSO :Hope for farmers as prices of maize riseIn his defense, the PS said the difference in price was because the bags were procured through different methods. He explained that 400,000 pieces of P.P bags were procured through restricted tender method with a unit price of 28.08 while another 50,000 pieces were purchased at Sh30.74 through request for quotation method. He told the session chaired by Jessica Mbalu (MP Kibwezi East) that another 10,000 pieces of P.P bags were procured through the request for quotation at Sh30.74. Auditor General Edward Ouko in his 2016/17 report flagged out the purchase as irregular, raising issues with how the suppliers were identified.
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