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PPADB prone to corruption

PPADB Director Ms Bridget John

Minister of Finance and Development planning Mr Kenneth Matambo says the office of the Public Procument and Assets Disposal Board PPADB by its nature, it is prone to corruption as it is the meeting place for public and the private sector.

Officially opening the Board office in Francistown, Minister Mathambo said any form of corruption at PPADB that the public might be aware of should be brought to the attention of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime DCEC for investigations and appropriate action.

Minister Matambo cautioned against temptations by some people who continues to make reckless and unfounded allegations which erodes the confidence of the Procument system.

“There have been instances where some losing bidders are aggravated and tend to cast accusations on the integrity of the PPADB, the Procument system, procuring entities and Tender Committees which only erode the public confidence of the board,” he said.

Moreover Minister Matambo said some from the contracting community only issue out complaints with the intention to compromise the government efforts to provide accurate services to Botswana.

Minister Matambo noted that such challenges call for the PPADB to develop effective initiatives to mitigate   corruption risk in the Public Procument with cooperation of procuring entities and contractors.

“The PPADB will continue to find ways of improving customer services and provide effective services to those in need of its services,” he assured customers.

He further said since the introduction of contract registration in 2012, which is part of the integrated Procument Management System; this has intensified the monitoring of the compliance to the PPAD act.

He said this also supports capacity building with the assistance of strategic partners such as Botswana Accountancy College, the World Bank and the United States Trade and Development Agency.

Meanwhile, Minister Matambo said since the establishment of the PPADB, it has been operational from Gaborone only.

He said efforts to establish satellite offices in some regions were put on hold due to economic down turn.

The Board office in Francistown will provide Contractor Registration and associated services, certification of documents, tender opening for some projects in the North, compliance monitoring, capacity building as well as general support to the District Administration Tender Committees in the northern region.

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