Women and youth took Sh32.74 billion out of a total of Sh64.39 billion worth tenders reserved for them by the state representing a 50 pc in the year to June data by the the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) has shown.
Together with people with disabilities, the special groups, however, recorded a growth of 8pc from Sh30.14 billion in the 2018/19 period. 47 State entities registered to procure for services and goods had increased the allocation for the tenders to Sh64.39 billion fromthe Sh59.62 billion in 2018/19.
The low uptake of the tenders has in the recent past been blamed on corruption, Kenyans are worried that rich and influential individuals exploiting this programme at the expense of the targeted beneficiaries.
The low uptake of tenders by the marginalised groups further point to the administrative hurdles faced by these economically marginalised groups in accessing government procurement opportunities.
In line with the 2015 Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act and the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) program which was officially launched by His Excellency the President, Uhuru Kenyatta on 16th October, 2013, 30 pc of all State tenders are supposed to be reserved for the special groups .
‘Youth’ as defined by the Kenyan Government, refers to young people between the ages of 18 years and 35 years.
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