President Peter Mutharika has appointed Paul Taulo as the new director of Public Procurement replacing Dye Mawindo who has retired after serving at the helm of the Office of the Director of Public Procurement (ODPP) since 2012.
However, Taulo’s appointment awaits the confirmation of the Public Appointments Committee (PAC) of Parliament as stated in the Public Procurement Act.
ODPP is responsible for verifying and confirming if the procurement processes in public institutions was objective and issuing no-objection statement certificates.
ODPP came under the spotlight when Cashgate broke out in 2013 as a number of contractors were issued payments in billions when they had not bid for any public works.
Minister of Information, Communications Technology and Civic Education Patricia Kaliati confirmed the appointment in an interview yesterday.
“The President has appointed Mr Paul Limbani Taulo as the new director of Public Procurement replacing Mr Dye Mawindo who has retired. The appointment is with effect from the time he will report for duties,” said Kaliati, who is the official government spokesperson.
Taulo also confirmed that he received a letter of appointment on Sunday subject to Parliament confirmation.
The Nation research indicates that Taulo currently works as collateral manager at AHL Commodity Exchange where he has held the post since June last year.
According to his public profile on LinkedIn, Taulo has experience in collateral management, commodity sourcing, warehousing and procurement and supply chain management.
He holds a bachelor of commerce degree majoring in international trade from University of South Africa in 2012 and is currently studying with Amity University of India for a degree majoring in financial and investment analysis.