Tenders still shrouded in secrecy

THE lack of transparency in the awarding of government tenders leaves room for speculation on corrupt practices, research associate at the Institute for Public Policy Research, Frederico Links said at the launch of their 5th Public Procurement Tracker publication yesterday.

The publication monitors and tracks developments within the Namibian government and public enterprises’ procurement sphere, which is said to be characterised by a lack of information about those benefiting from state tenders. The government has been the biggest spender in the economy over the years, with a history of costs ballooning, amid alleged acts of corruption. This called for new laws which ensure that transparency is key, thereby rooting out corruption and the overpricing of goods and services to the government.