SIX out of 14 businesses engaged by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) to provide goods and services were not registered.
This was uncovered in the latest Audit Report carried out in the three key government ministries, MHS, Ministry of Infrastructure and Development and National Disaster Management Officer under the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Meteorology.
The details of the businesses were not mentioned in the report.
Although the Audit report did not test the registration of the businesses paid through the imprest system there were no evidence that the Ministry checked to see if a business paid using imprest was registered.
According to PCAM S4.8 it provides that to be considered in a tender process, vendors must be registered with the Companies Haus.
There are three classifications of registration: Business, Companies and Foreign Investments. This provides some protection the government in that business must have some sort of formal structure.
The Audit report found that the frequent use of a Bid Waiver could have lead to the process of tender not being followed.
BY CHARLES KADAMANA