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A presidential directive has been issued in Kenya announcing that almost a third all government tenders should be awarded to the young, women and the disabled.
President Uhuru Kenyatta announced procurement regulations have been amended to stipulate 30 per cent of tenders should go to this target group of “women, youth and persons with disabilities”.
The National Treasury Public Procurement Department will compile a register of people from these “disadvantaged groups” and the Public Procurement Oversight Authority will monitor the implementation of the scheme.
Already certain tenders – including flower supplies, cleaning services, rubbish collection and printing services – are reserved for these groups.
President Kenyatta said: “For far too long we have characterised our women as people who are dependent. I want them to be people who we can depend on. Our youth were viewed as people who lacked vision and direction; I want to make them the engine that drives Kenya.”
Meanwhile, to combat corruption the president has announced a website where members of the public can report instances of wrongdoing by public officials.
“We have reached a point where if you want to keep your government job, you must be satisfied with the salary you are paid. If you think it is not enough, you are free to quit and look for other forms of employment,” Kenyatta said.