Public procurement practices policy implications and service deliver in selected ministries headquarters in Nairobi County
Mutua, Onesmus M.
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Public procurement is an important component of the government ministries since about sixty percent of government revenue is spent on procurement. It is estimated that public procurement amounts to about 10% of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Since its enactment, Public procurement Law has made procurement process bureaucratic leading to delays in procuring inputs required for effective service delivery, postponements of some crucial programmes and cancellation among others. In Africa and Kenya in particular, misuse of Public Procurement processes remains a key obstacle to quality and timely service delivery in most government ministries. This study sought to assess the public procurement practices, policy implications and service delivery in Kenyan Government Ministries. The study employed explanatory survey design since it target to explore the causal- effects phenomenon within the public procurement. Further, the study was conducted in the procurement departments of the selected government ministries in Kenya. The target population consisted of all the 150 employees working in the procurement departments of the selected ministries in Kenya. Five ministries representing 30% of all the ministries were sampled using simple random method. The main instrument for data collection was a questionnaire which contained both closed and open ended questions. Analysis was done with the aid of the statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) package. Key statistical techniques included descriptive statistics such as; percentages, frequencies, mean scores, standard deviation as well as the inferential statistics such as ANOV A and Multiple Linear Regression analysis. The data was presented using tables, pie-charts and bar graphs. The findings show that collusion of suppliers and procurement officers led to increased commodity pricing, tax payers' money was wasted due to procurement malpractices, collusion with suppliers led to delays in timely procurement as well as procurement of substandard goods and services within the Ministries. The study recommends that stiffer penalties be imposed on procurement officials found engaging in procurement malpractices in the Ministries. In addition, strict adherence to Public Procurement and Disposal Act is crucial if effectiveness in service delivery is to be achieved.