In an audit report carried out in 2014, the Ministry of Education failed to follow procurement procedures for the purchasing of goods worth One Billion Leones (Le1,000,000,000) for the Ministry.
This was disclosed by the Internal Auditor at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology which is now known as the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Sia Luseni in her testimony before Justice Biobele Georgewill’s Commission of Inquiry at Commission Room No.1.
She explained that examination of the procurement document revealed that there were no evaluation reports in respect of procurement amounting to Le1,237,747,666 and also the composition of the evaluation committee did not include persons with technical knowledge.
She maintained that a purchase order totaling Le315,783,000 were not approved by the Permanent Secretary citing that there were also incomplete contracts in the Ministry valued over Le70,474,180 with no approved procurement plan submitted for goods and services procured for the year 2014.
She continued that withdrawals made from different bank accounts which amounted to Le112,921,538 for the period under audit were without payment vouchers and other supporting documents.
She concluded that the auditor’s final comment was that, the revelations were not implemented by the Ministry on issues related to the requested evaluation report, unapproved LPO’s, incomplete contracts and submission of approved procurement plan.
She stated that the Ministry failed to submit a formal respond to the issues.
The P.O. failed to submit adequate justification for using the RFQ’s method instead of NCB for two outstanding suppliers totaling Le85,095,000, she reaffirmed.