Praz set to curb graft

Source: Praz set to curb graft – The Standard June 2, 2019

Staff Reporter

Procurement systems are key instruments for delivering public service and stimulating economic development in Zimbabwe, World Bank country representative Mukumi Kariuki has said.

Speaking at the official launch of the Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Praz) last week, Kariuki said the Bretton Woods institution wanted to help strengthen Zimbabwe’s systems for reconstruction and development with a focus on stabilisation and reform, development and poverty alleviation.

The creation of Praz was funded part in by a US$2 million grant from the World Bank through the Zimbabwe Reconstruction Fund.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa officiated at the launch of Praz in Harare last week where he urged public officials to desist from corruption.

Mnangagwa said some government departments were inflating prices in the procurement processes for essential capital goods and ordered that such malpractices must stop forthwith.

“The past culture of collusion between public officials and cartels or third parties in our procurement systems should stop,” he said.

“My government will not tolerate such filthy criminal greedy tendencies.”

“In some cases, contracts were awarded without following the proper tender procedures while awarding committee members sometimes doubled as contractors. These procurement malpractices in both the private and public sectors must certainly stop”.

Praz was previously known as the State Procurement Board.