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Youths yet to benefit from 30 per cent govt tenders

28 January 2016, 15:06 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Nyeri County MP, Priscilla Nyokabi has cited lack of adequate information in tendering process as the main reason why youths are barely benefiting from tenders within the 30 per cent tender framework.

The County MP observed that quite a large number of youths hardly understand basic requirements for them to successfully go through a government tendering process.

Speaking at Nyamachaki Hall in Nyeri town during a sensitization forum, she said that of the KES 2 billion set aside for development in Nyeri County, KES 600 million is supposed to go to the youth groups, women and people with disabilities in form of tenders.

Nyokabi said that that has not been the case despite assurances by the County administration through Governor Nderitu Gachagua, saying that these special groups have not been applying for the tenders.

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“With the large amounts of money that the County has received, youths in the County have not grown financially nor have they gotten employment opportunities and we want to know how this can change,” she said.

She said that the main problem has been on training, registration of companies and business names, getting the right documentation and bidding for tenders as per the law.

She also said there could be disconnect in awareness levels between the procuring entities and the youth thus explaining why the 30 per cent tender framework is not being honored.

Nyokabi however ruled out corruption in the awarding of tenders saying there is no evidence to support it.

She said that she was going to spearhead the formation of a watchdog group to monitor the tendering process, from bidding to awarding and also the implementation in order to ensure that youths are fully benefiting.

Nyeri County is said to have 110 registered youth group companies, 163 women group companies and 11 for People with Disabilities.

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