Kenya Power

Kenya Power sets aside tenders worth Ksh. 3.7 Billion for youth, women and PWDs under the AGPO program

Kenya Power has announced that it has set aside KShs. 3.7 billion of its procurement budget during the current financial year targeting the youth, women and people with disabilities groups. This comes as the firm raises concerns over low uptake of tenders allocated to these groups under the AGPO program.
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 existing opportunities.
“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 procurement portal.
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.