Kampala. A new research has revealed that Public sector corruption has been found to be procurement oriented, characterised by inflated prices, inadequacies in tendered supplies and leaking of crucial information to potential bidders.
It also found out that there political meddling and interference into procurement systems. This is greatly linked to lack of stringent punishments provided for in the PPDA Act hence causing non-compliance to procurement guidelines and procedure.
This was during a stakeholder’s joint review of the PPDA Act organised by Transparency International and PPDA to engage stakeholders on recommendations and regulations in the proposed PPDA Act amendments.
According to Mr Dan Atuhairwe, the capacity building officer of PPDA, 40 per cent of contracts won by international service providers should be sub-contracted to local companies.
He said this, however, is a challenge because Uganda as a country seems to be headed towards chronic capitalism, where people in authority act in favour of those close to them in award of contracts.
In big contracts, the issue of local content has not also come out clearly to favour manyUgandans. Many contracted foreign companies actually import their supplies including basic labour hence denying employment to thousands of Ugandans.
Research under the theme: “Stakeholders’ perception of the transparency, integrity and accountability of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority in Uganda” was conducted by Transparency International in partnership with PPDA.
Key recommendations from the findings included advocating for training sessions on procurement guidelines and reviewing the current PPDA Act. The introduction of digital platforms was also recommended and currently PPDA is consolidating the operationalisation of the e-procurement. Portal as well as promoting the local content framework.