The public procurement framework comprises of the National Constitution, The Procurement Act, and Councils Acts.
The Constitution of Zimbabwe in Part VI requires that there be An Act of Parliament that prescribe procedures for the procurement of goods and services by the State and all institutions and agencies of government at every level, so that procurement is effected in a manner that is transparent, fair, honest, cost-effective and competitive.
The Procurement Act [Chapter 22:14] provides the guiding principles for public procurement in the country.
The Act establishes the State Procurement Board under the Office of the President and Cabinet with the following responsibilities:-
- Conduct procurement on behalf of procuring entities, where the procurement is of a class prescribed in procurement regulations;
- Supervising procurement proceedings conducted by procuring entities, in order to ensure proper compliance with the Act;
- Investigating breaches to the procurement guidelines by procurement entities and taking action as outlined in the Act;
- Established by the Procurement Act;
- Appointed by the President;
- Secretariat headed by Principal Officer overseeing day-to-day running;
- Administers public procurement;
- Compiles and approves suppliers listing(s);
- Levies fees on tenders administered;
- Final say in the award of contracts;
The public procurement framework mandates all procuring entities to have in place procurement committees appointed by the accounting officer who may chair or delegate a representative.