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Parliament passes MIPS bill

Written by  Eunice Ndhlovu

Parliament has passed a bill that seeks to establish the Malawi Institute of Procurement and Supply.


The motion was moved in the national assembly by Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe who said the establishment of the institute will give it the legal mandate to regulate the procurement and supply payment.


Gondwe said the body will be transparent and ensure that supplies in government and private sector are done according to law.


The bill follows observations from government through the Director of Public procurement that despite the existence of a public procurement legal framework there was no professional body to regulate procurement and supply chain management.


Speaking on behalf of MCP spokesperson on matters of finance in the house Kusamba Dzonzi who is Member for Dowa west said the bill will bring sanity in the procurement and supply chain of the country.


 While agreeing with his fellow member from opposition Peoples Party representative Raphael Mhone member for Rumphi Central said there were a number of issues to be rectified before enacting the bill into law.


Later in the committee of supply there were disagreements when Member for Rumphi Central tried to point out what he thought should be changed in the bill.


After agreeing to some changes the government side disagreed with advancement made on clause four of the bill and voted no to the amendment.


 Member for Rumphi central then withdrew all his amendments and asked the house that the bill pass without any amendments saying government did not understand his proposals.


Government through Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Bright Msaka accepted Mhone’s proposal to withdraw the amendments. The bill has since passed without any amendment.


Earlier two bills metrology and payment systems were referred to relevant parliamentary committees for scrutiny before the house debates on them.   

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