PWDs in Nakuru told to register companies, seek tenders

Person living with disability in Nakuru County have been urged to register companies in order to benefit from the constitutional provision for tenders.

According to the Directorate of Social Services, they are already collecting data of companies owned by PWDs towards the same.

Director Josephat Kimemia in an exclusive interview on Tuesday stated that as much as there is provision for county government to give tenders, the PWDs have a mandate to ensure they also register companies.

He added that once they are through with the data they will forward to the procurement department so that the PWDs can be considered in the tendering process as enshrined in the constitution.

“We are already collecting data of PWDs who have companies. Once we are through we shall be forwarding to the procurement department so that they can now be able to get tenders” said Kimemia.

On the provision to have the PWDs funded once they win tenders, Director Kimemia admits that indeed an MoU was reached between the Directorate and the National Council for Persons with Disability-NCPWDs pertaining LPO funding as a way of empowering the PWDs.

He is however quick to note that there was a challenge on the re-payment module once the National Council for Persons with Disability agrees to fund the PWDs.

The challenge is however being addressed through identification of a bank where the fund will be deposited and the bank commit to pay back the National Council for Persons with Disability.

“On the issue of funding from NCPWD for PWDs, who win tenders in the county, it is a good idea but there were no structures and that is what we are finalizing on” said Kimemia.

His sentiments clearing the air after several PWDs who had won tenders had raised concerns on the funding issue.

Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) is anchored in the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015 to increase financial inclusivity and grow enterprises belonging to women, youth and people with disabilities.

The move required state agencies to award at least 30 per cent to the disadvantaged groups, unlocking approximately Sh250 billion annually.

It also spells out that at least 70 per cent of a company must be owned by one of the special interest groups before it qualifies for an AGPO tender.