oa Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management - Procurement challenges in the Zimbabwean public sector : a preliminary study : original research

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2310-8789
  • E-ISSN: 1995-5235



State Procurement Board procedures and the public procurement process have been blamed for the lagging behind of government projects that impact on public service delivery in Zimbabwe.

This article provides insight into challenges resulting from the legal framework for public procurement in Zimbabwe that detract from service delivery.
Empirical data was collected through in-depth interviews with five participants at five public entities, using a semi-structured interview guide. Content analysis was used to analyse the primary data.
The findings revealed various challenges in the public procurement process that detract from service delivery. These include a lack of strategic recognition of the procurement function and procurement policy; a lack of professional, managerial and leadership skills; a lack of appropriated funds from Treasury; and a lack of accountability in the procurement process.
There is a dearth of research on the public procurement process and its efficiency in Zimbabwe, and this study contributes to the existing body of knowledge by identifying areas through which public procurement can be improved in Zimbabwe.

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