Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee Chairperson Charles Milupi, has called for the establishment of an effective and efficient public procurement system which will promote national development.
Mr. Milupi said there was need to device an effective public procurement and supply system that would play a paramount role in harnessing the growth of the national economy.
He told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that government was loosing a lot of money due to poor and ineffective procurement and supply system.
He said his committee has continued to receive complaints from the public that there was lawlessness in the public procurement and supply system.
Mr. Milupi, who is also Luena Member of Parliament, said his committee was concerned with the manner most government tenders were awarded to some contractors who provide poor workmanship in government projects.
He further urged government to continue deregistering companies in the construction industry that are abrogating the provisions of the contracts.
He urged the Zambia National Tender Board (ZNTB) to device effective mechanisms that would help in ensuring that all public procurement and supply systems are done without using dubious means.
The Luena MP said effective public procurement and supply measures would help to building capacity and efficiency and contribute to national development.
He further said contractors, consultants and clients, who were found to be abrogating the provisions of the contracts signed with the tendering departments, must be severely dealt with by the law in an effort to deter other contractors from doing shoddy works.
Mr. Milupi has since cautioned both local and foreign contractors to follow the laid down professional ethics in a bid to protect their companies from being deregistered from the National Council for Construction (NCC).