DODOMA: THE Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) has served more than 2.6bn/- by successfully preventing payments that violated the procurement procedures as well as for bidders who avoided paying Value-Added Tax (VAT).
This was said recently in Dodoma, by PPRA’s Board Chairperson, Dr Leonada Mwagike when handing over the Annual Performance Evaluation Report for 2022/2023 financial year to Finance Deputy Minister Hamad Chande in Dodoma.
Dr Mwagike said that PPRA discovered discrepancies in procurement procedures during the execution of auditing exercise for government institutions, public organisations and ministries, where a total of 180 institutions were audited.
“The audit was focused on checking procurement procedures and the implementation of contracts in execution of various projects,” Dr Mwagike said.
During the auditing, PPRA found out that some contractors avoided paying VAT in various projects they were undertaking, a situation that led PPRA to direct them to submit the receipts before the end of the audit exercise where a total of receipts worth 290m/- were submitted.
“All these funds obtained from the payment of VAT have been returned to the government,” she added.
Moreover, she said that the incorrect payments worth 233m/- which were made to the service provider were also returned to the government.
The authority also rescued 1.7bn/- due to the termination of payment for services provided below the standard for one public institution.
“The project was below standard, a situation that led PPRA to direct the institution to terminate the contract with the bidder,” she said.
In the report, the authority recommended various measures to be taken by the government for institutions that have caused losses to the government.
Source : Daily News