The National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) is yet to resume maize purchases as the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assents Authority (PPDA) is yet to clear its purchase request.
From the funds given by government, the agency is yet to spend around K2 billion on the purchase extra 2,800 metric tonnes of maize this season.
NFRA Chief Executive Officer Nasinuku Saukira said the agency was yet to start the procurement process because PPDA is yet to respond to its purchase request submitted about a week ago.
“We have already submitted our application to the Director General (DG) of PPDA to authorise the purchase; so, if all goes well and we receive the approval this week, we will soon be finalising the procurement,” Saukira said.
PPDA is given a maximum of 10 days to look into a government procurement proposal and approve or disapprove it.
PPDA DG Elias Hausi Wednesday confirmed that his office had received an application for approval from NFRA.
He added that the approval process was underway and may materialise before the end of this week.
“It is true we have the request from NFRA to purchase extra maize and the sum being in the threshold which is required to be approved by our board and the Anti-Corruption Bureau. That process is advanced and we do not think it will go beyond this week,” he said.
NFRA has so far bought more than 50, 000 metric tonnes of maize with funds from the government.
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