Motsumi leads new era in public procurement

At the helm: Motsumi
At the helm: Motsumi

Saddled with allegations of bribery, cartel behaviour, quality challenges and others, the country’s public procurement space has been blamed for bottle-necking development. Tumelo Motsumi, the CEO of the new PPRA, shares her plans for a new era with Mmegi Staff Writer, TIMOTHY LEWANIKA

Mmegi: In 2022 the government of Botswana amended the Public Procurement Act, a move which necessitated the evolution of the former Public Procurement Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) to the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA). What was the logic behind this change and what are the differences between the two entities’ operations?

Motsumi: Indeed amendments to the Procurement Act necessitated the birth of the PPRA as it is today. When the Authority operated as the PPADB, the board and the executive were not separated. The Authorities’ executives also served on the board and as a result there was no independent board from the executive.

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