Dynamics of Patronage Politics and the Tendering Process at Zimbabwe’s State Procurement Board

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Alouis Chilunjika
Kudakwashe Intauno
Dominique Emmanuel Uwizeyimana
Sharon Ranny Chilunjika

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The significance of public procurement and its enormous contribution to high-quality service delivery in every country cannot be overstated. In terms of developing countries, genuine economic progress can be attained if public procurements are conducted without corruptive intent. The study investigates the impact of patronage politics on the tendering process at Zimbabwe's State Procurement Board. The magnitude of the impact was determined based on the administration of tender procedures, the permeability of governing frameworks, and the extent to which discriminatory politics obstructed tender awarding. Data was gathered through the use of questionnaires, interviews, and document analysis. In that regard, the survey was able to distribute 25 questionnaires as well as conduct 15 interviews. According to the findings, transparency deficiencies in tendering processes have become widespread, shielding and snowballing tender corruption. The study makes several recommendations to alleviate the perpetuation of patronage politics, including effective and rapid ICT adoption to reduce human interface and its associated vices in tendering, detachment of political meddling as well as the implementation of punitive measures, and instilling integrity in the culture of tender processes to promote ethical and professional behaviours among bureaucrats involved in the tendering process, among others.

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Chilunjika, A., Intauno, K., Uwizeyimana, D., & Chilunjika, S. (2022). Dynamics of Patronage Politics and the Tendering Process at Zimbabwe’s State Procurement Board. African Journal of Governance & Development, 11(1.1.), 79-103. Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/jgd/article/view/2574
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Alouis Chilunjika, University of Johannesburg/National University of Lesotho

Dr Alouis Chilunjika is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at the National University of Lesotho. He is also a Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg, in the School of Public Management, Governance and Public Policy. 

Dominique Emmanuel Uwizeyimana, University of Johannesburg

Dominique Emmanuel Uwizeyimana is a Professor of Public Management and Governance at the University of Johannesburg, in the School of Public Management, Governance and Public Policy.

Sharon Ranny Chilunjika, University of Johannesburg/Midlands State University

Sharon Ranny Tinotenda Chilunjika is a Lecturer in the Department of Governance and Public Management at the Midlands State University. She is also a PhD candidate at the University of Johannesburg in the School of Public Management, Governance and Public Policy.