How should the Procurement Officer treat with restricting an award of a contract to suppliers/contractors based on instructions?
The Act defines bid rigging as “collusion between persons for the purpose of manipulating the proceedings”.
As such, the Procurement Officer is strongly advised against manipulating any public procurement or disposal process to achieve a particular outcome.
In accordance with section 60 of the Act, “a person who is involved in or participates in bid rigging; or directly or
indirectly influences in any manner or attempts to influence in any manner any procurement proceedings in order to obtain a fair advantage in the award of a procurement contract commits an offence and is liable to a fine of five (5) million dollars and imprisonment for ten (10) years”.