By Karambu Kubai
Kenya Power has raised concerns over
low uptake of tenders allocated to
women, youth and persons with
disabilities (PWDs) under the AGPO
program. This comes as the Company has
set aside KShs. 3.7 billion of its
procurement budget during the current
financial year targeting these groups.
The Company has noted that of the three
groups, women continue to lag behind in
the uptake of the procurement
The low uptake is due to reasons
ranging from lack of duly registered
and compliant business enterprises, low
understanding of the e-procurement
system and failure to ensure that the
goods targeted for procurement meet the
requisite acceptance tests.
“The opportunities exist but women feel
that this is a very technical area and
as a result, the uptake of these
tenders has been very low. The few
women who are getting the tenders
perform very well by ensuring that they
give the best to the Company,” said Dr.
John Ngeno, Kenya Power’s General
Manager, Supply Chain.
To address this situation and raise the
number of women suppliers, the Company
is seeking to partner with women
groups to sensitize them on procurement
processes and create awareness of
“We are calling on groups to partner
with Kenya Power in workshops and other
trainings where we can share knowledge
on e-procurement and opportunities that
exist for them within the Company. We
are confident that by reaching out we
can have many of them taking up the
tenders,” said Dr. Ngeno.
To bridge the knowledge gap, the
Company is carrying out pre-bid
conferences where bidders are taken
through the various tender
requirements, processes for
registration as suppliers, and
uploading of documents on the
During the last financial year, Kenya
Power set aside KShs. 1.6 billion of
its procurement budget for women, youth
and PWDs tenders out of which only
KShs. 480 million was taken up.
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