Central Catering Unit
The University management held a breakfast meeting with the suppliers in the specialized category of women, youth and persons living with disabilities in order to promote the uptake of 30% worth of tenders given to the special group. The meeting was held at the Central Catering Unit on May, 26, 2016.
Speaking with the suppliers during the sensitization meeting, Prof. Isaac Mbeche, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Student Affairs, noted that the meeting was meant to give the University administration an opportunity to listen to the challenges the suppliers face, to address the challenges and help in increasing the update of the 30%.
Some of the challenges raised by the suppliers include; lack of experience to take up large projects, lack of cash to do large tenders, colleges taking long to pay suppliers compared to Main Campus where suppliers are paid within 3o days.
On his part, Prof. Henry Mutoro, challenged the suppliers to think big and take up the large contracts. “The University has close to six billion shillings for you, please take up big tenders, think big,” he said.
The Procurement Manager, Mr. Joseph Mokaya, took the opportunity to sensitize the suppliers of the new procurement law. Suppliers are required to operate with integrity and the corrupt ones will be banned from doing business with the university and will all government agencies. Mr. Mokaya urged the suppliers to keep improving on the quality of their services in order to win tenders as the competition among the groups is stiff.
The uptake of 30% worth of tenders to the special groups; women, youth and people living with disabilities is one of the requirements not just in the constitution, but also in the Performance Contract. By holding such sensitization forums, the University intends to achieve and surpass this target.