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Procurement Bill praised

LEGISLATORS have welcomed the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Bill sponsored by Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa, saying it will promote the local procurement of goods.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

The Bill sailed through the committee stage in the National Assembly and was now before the Parliamentary Legal Committee to check for its constitutionality.

Chinamasa said the Bill would ensure that evaluation of bids by procuring entities gives preference to bids from Zimbabwean or local suppliers and manufacturers. The Bill was also expected to ease the extent to which Zimbabwean or local suppliers and manufacturers participate in the supply of bidded goods, and construction works and services in accordance with provisions in the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act.

Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga (MDC) said the regulations must be tightened so that they actually force people going into tendering to deal with local suppliers in line with constitutional provisions of devolution of power.

“Let me also express my appreciation for the inclusion of subsection (b) in the Bill which says, ‘Any bid should consider all those entities that are controlled predominately by women’,” she said.

“The last time I gave an example that in Kenya when they did their regulations, they actually put a percentage that says, for every tender, there will be 30% that will be accorded to women. I am hoping that when we go to the regulations, we will create that tighter issue.”

Misihairabwi-Mushonga has also given notice in the House to move a motion that will force the State to promote fair representation of all Zimbabwe’s regions in all institutions and agencies of government at every level in accordance with Section 17 of the Constitution.

Her motion, which will be seconded by Jasmine Toffa, wants government to ensure provision of services was conducted in a transparent and accountable manner, with 30% of government tenders reserved for women, as well as that government and parastatal tenders were distributed in a fair manner to cover all regions.

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