28 March 2002
Training is the only way to stem corruption in purchasing in Africa, according to the new CIPS African group chairman.
Abraham Mutakila, who is also president of CIPS's Zambia branch, said it was vital to educate employers about the institute's qualifications and to give the profession its proper status.
He told SM: "Owing to lack of recognition and misplacement within organisations, unqualified people have been appointed into purchasing and supply positions, creating a high rate of corruption in almost all African countries."
Mutakila is a consultant with 20 years' experience in local authorities. In his year as chairman, he hopes to increase CIPS's African group membership, which stands at more than 3,400.
He takes over from Isaac Dziya, who has been chairman since the group's inauguration two years ago.
• An interview with Isaac Dziya will appear in the next issue of SM.