Home Affairs Deputy Minister Nickson Chilangwa says long and tedious public procurement processes are delaying the pace of national development.
Mr. Chilangwa said the PF government is failing to execute some of its urgent plans because Zambia’s public procurement processes take long to complete.
He said some of the requirements in public procurement are unnecessary and create an opportunity for corruption.
“We have to reform our procurement laws, there is no way we could develop this country if it will take us six months to procure anything for the good of the nation,” Mr Chilangwa said.
He cited the procurement planned procurement of modern crowd control equipment for the Zambia Police Service as one which is being frustrated by the long procurement processes.
“Everybody knows that we need to get modern equipment for our officers. There are now more riots breaking out and our officers need better protection and everybody knows the urgency of the matter but if the Permanent Secretary or the IG wakes up one day and say buys the equipment, everybody will start saying abuse of office. This is nonsense and we have to change this.”
He warned that Zambia will continue lagging behind unless serious public procurement reforms are under taken.
“There are so many things we need to change in this country but our very laws are holding us back,” Mr. Chilangwa said.