PROCUREMENT officers should strive to remove the corrupt tag that has engulfed them because of the high cases of corruption in the procurement processes, Zambia Institute of Purchasing and Supply (ZIPS) president George Mumba has charged.
And Government has challenged procurement officers in the country to be prudent in the way they carry out their duties.
Mr Mumba urged purchasing and supply officers to be professional and avoid engaging themselves in corrupt activities.
The ZIPS president was speaking at the 3rd ZIPS conference at Zambezi Sun Hotel in Livingstone yesterday.
The conference was officiated by Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Minister Yamfwa Mukanga.
Mr Mumba urged members of the public to report any of its members who were involved in corrupt practices.
He said accountability and transparency in the supply chain management must be the centre of procurement functions.
Mr. Mumba said procurement officers should conduct themselves professionally and add value to management so that delivery of goods and services could be achieved timely.
He said that negative attitudes such as corruption should not be encouraged among ZIPS members.
And Mr Mukanga said procurement was a catalyst to any country’s development and that it was imperative for procurement officers to be professional in the way they conducted their activities. He said it was an open secret that most queries in the Auditor General’s report were highlighted under the procurement and supply function.
He said mismanagement of procurement processes had always had serious adverse effects on the economy.
“Government has realized that prudent public financial management is a necessary ingredient for efficient service delivery, strategic resource allocation, fiscal discipline and helps reduce corruption in the public service.
“It is in the light of the above that government embarked on the public financial management reforms supported by donors aimed at improving transparency, accountability, and efficient through the public financial management reforms program from 2011 to 2012 and 20-13 to 2017 respectively. The issue of public procurement is of great concern to the Government and both ZPPA and ZIPS are expected to implement Government policy effectively,” said Mukanga.