The Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) has noted with concern that most local authorities are not following the provisions of section 39 (2) on the eligibility for participation in national bidding procurement method.
Addressing a media briefing in Lusaka on Monday, ZPPA Director, General Idah Chellah, said this is resulting in too many appeals in such cases in the country and must come to an end to avoid the situation getting worse.
Chellah said the Authority is urging entities to adhere to the provisions of the Public Procurement Act to avoid unwarranted complaints and appeals.
She said the law has been in existence for the past two years and the Authority does expect local authorities to keep repeating the same mistakes.
“The Authority is recommending for sanctions against responsible officers and has further urged procurement entities to adhere to the provisions of the public procurement act in order to avoid unwarranted complaints and appeals,” Chellah said.
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She said local authorities need to be serious with their work and be able to adhere to the public procurement act in order to avoid unnecessary delays in the procurement system.
Chellah said in the quarter under review, the Authority undertook investigations on various procurement matters and considered appeals from aggrieved bidders arising from various procurements.
“Ten investigations were undertaken and seven investigations were concluded and three were on-going as at March 31, 2023,” she said.
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