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Justina Wangui Wamae

Master of Science in Procurement and Logistics, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya


The function of procurement has grown tremendously in Kenya over the last ten years. The increased interest in procurement has however led to questions whether procurement function is achieving service delivery to the Kenyan public while ensuring value for money. Consumers of procurement services look for assurances that procurement activities are indeed being handled professionally. Therefore one of the key issues is to identify the role of procurement function in enhancing performance in the newly formed county governments the key factors namely, technology, staff competency, stakeholder influence and government policy; that enhances this performance was presented. This study adopted a descriptive survey design. A descriptive research design determines and reports the way things are. The target population consisted of 800 staff working at the Machakos county government offices. The study utilized 10% of the target population which was selected using a stratified random sampling technique giving a sample size of 80 respondents.  Regression models were used to examine the role of procurement function in enhancing performance in devolved government in Kenya: A case of Machakos County. The study found that jointly, the independent variables had an R2 of 0.5155 hence they have a great positive influence on the performance in devolved government. Staff competency was the most significant with a p value of 0.021 at 95% level of significance that is less than 5% is significant in the procurement function so as to enhance performance in devolved government in Kenya.

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