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The Government has singled out fighting corrupt practices in public procurement as an issue it is going to devote special efforts to in order to bring public service delivery to the level people deserve and rightly expect, TPJ has learnt. 

Speaking when officiating the climax of the Ethics and Human Rights Day in Dodoma recently, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said the Government remained steadfast in its resolve to end corrupt practices in the country.

“[We are getting to] know that some public servants are colluding with either contractors, bidders or services providers and award them contracts dubiously, disregarding regulations…we will go after these individuals and put a stop to their business as usual syndrome,” he said.

He went on to promise that the Government would strive to improve public procurement system in accordance with the law as well as efforts towards an increase in transparency within the sector.

TPJ understands that conflict of interest is at the core of poor service delivery as it leads conflicted public servants to give contracts to proposed bid winners without assessing their financial capabilities, technical capabilities, and work experience which quite often results in poorly executed or uncompleted contracts with adverse cost implications to the public.

The Prime Minister stated: “For example in our councils, our councilors or staff participating in decision have been also awarding contractor's work or bidder while knowing the company is owned by a partner, friend, relative or bribery.”

However, some progress has been made in the governance sphere. Speaking earlier on, Minister of State in the President's Office for Good Governance, George Mkuchika, said Tanzania had improved in the good governance ranking. Citing the Mo Ibrahim Institute report, Mkuchika said Tanzania moved from 17th to 14th position in the governance index which looks at fight against corruption, human rights, transparency and accountability.

The annually celebrated Human Rights Day, which is marked on 10th December, is used is used to provide public education on matters of good governance.

The event was organized by the State House, the President's Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance, President ' s Office - Ethics Secretariat, Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau, National Audit Office of Tanzania, Public Service Commission, Public Procurement Regulatory Authority and the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance.

 

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