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Commission Of Inquiry Unearths Over Le. 1 Billion In Limbo

By Augustine James

The Internal Auditor at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology now Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Sia Luseni in her testimony before the Justice Biobele Georgewill’s Commission of Inquiry No.1, has said that according to an audit carried out in 2014, the Ministry did not go through the right procurement procedures to purchase goods worth over Le 1 Billion for the Ministry.

She explained that an examination of the procurement document revealed that there were no evaluation reports in respect of procurement, amounting to Le1,237,747,666 and also the composition of the evaluation committee did not include persons with technical knowledge. She maintained that a purchase order totaling Le315,783,000 was not approved by the Permanent Secretary.

She said there were also incomplete contracts in the Ministry valued over Le70,474,180 with no approved procurement plan submitted for goods and services procured for the year 2014, adding that withdrawals made from different bank accounts which amounted to Le112,921,538 for the period under audit were without payment vouchers and other supporting documents.

The auditor’s final comment was that the revelations were not implemented by the Ministry on issues related to the requested evaluation report, unapproved LPO’s, incomplete contracts and submission of approved procurement plan. She maintained that the Ministry failed to submit a formal response to the issues and that the Procurement Officer failed to submit adequate justification for using the RFQ’s method instead of NCB for two outstanding suppliers totaling Le85,095,000.

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