The Government will not reverse the directive to use online procurement although some counties oppose it for fear of being held accountable through its transparency.

National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Mr. Henry Rotich who appeared before the Senate Committee on Finance admitted, however, that the system faces problems.

Mr. Rotich told the Committee chaired by Mandera Senator Mr. Billow Kerrow that the problems will be resolved within a short time.
“People are trying to resist e-procurement for fear of transparency.  It is not all counties encountering problems, but there are places where there are no issues.  We are working to resolve them”, he said.
The Council of Governors (COG) has opposed the directive to have all procurement done online, saying it is unrealistic, and cannot work.
COG said adopting the system will be an advantage to perennial contractors, while discriminating against traders who are not tech-savvy and those who lack infrastructure to support the e-procurement system.

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