Fresh vetting to weed out rogue procurement officers

Kenya Institute of Supplies Management chairman
Kenya Institute of Supplies Management chairman Chris Oanda. PHOTO | FILE 

All procurement professionals will be required to immediately apply for fresh practising licences under a new law meant to rein in rogue supply chain officers and eliminate quacks.

The newly-enacted Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act (2015), which took effect in January, demands that all persons working in supply chain management to be vetted afresh to ascertain their academic and ethical suitability.

The Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM) is designated as the professional body to register and regulate those in the practice of procurement in Kenya.

“There should not be any procurement and supply chain officer in public or private practice in Kenya today who is not registered with the institute,” said Chris Oanda, chairman at KISM.