George M Kiilu
Mr George M Kiilu is a Kenyan national, a grandfather and father with over 35 years experience in training and consulting in the fields of accounting, finance, forensic investigation and fraud examination having served in varied positions in Kenya and Botswana. He is currently the Director of Rankuke Investments (Pty) Ltd a training and Consulting firm based in Botswana and holds an MBA, BSc (Hons) in holds an MBA, BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting, FCCA, FCA (Bots), FCILG, CFIP, CFE, Dip. IPSAS (UK). His passion for knowledge transfer has seen him mutate from a number cruncher to a mentor, lecturer, and presenter. Mr Kiilu has held various committee member positions at the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA), a Committee has held various committee member positions at the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA), a Committee Chartered Accountants (BICA), a Committee member of the Technical and Standard Setters Forum of the Pan African Federation of Accountants, Country Director of the Chartered Institute of Leadership and Governance – Botswana Chapter, Patron of the International Institute of Certified Forensic Investigation Professionals – Botswana Chapter and the Training Director, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners – Botswana Chapter.
Procurement fraud is a regular occurrence even during “normal” times where every box is checked before the actual process is completed to ensure compliance with set rules and regulations. Even under these circumstances, fraud has either been perpetrated by internal staff, internal staff in partnership with suppliers or by the suppliers themselves.
Therefore, in making this presentation to a team of practitioners it’s imperative that a foundation be laid as a reminder especially in relation to government procurement processes. To do this, a brief overview of the procurement processes, including the legislative mechanisms in Botswana – PPADB Act and other related legislations – and to some extent in South Africa, will be done. We shall look at how procurement took place during the Covid 19 pandemic period in Botswana and the changes in the rules and regulations that took place – PPADB circular No 4 of 2020 and the State of Emergency declaration, the entities that were involved in the procurement process, the selection processes that were used and the possible fraud opportunities. A comparison of this new processes to the standard procedures will be reviewed to highlight the red flags and possible fraudulent activities.
In conclusion we will look at the lessons learned and the possible ways in which we can improve the processes to minimize the risk of fraud.
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