Government should not halt infrastructural projects despite irregularities in the procurement process because this doubles operational costs, the chairman Institute of Procurement Professionals of Uganda (IPPU), has said.
Mr Levi Kabagambe said although such moves are good for transparency purposes, any breaks especially on infrastructural works lead to delays and nearly double the cost of the original quotations as investigations.
He made the remarks at a three-day workshop organised by the Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM) and Institute of procurement professionals of Uganda (IPPU), in Jinja on Monday.
Mr Kabagambe, citing the saga surrounding the Mukono-Katosi road, which was halted by the Inspectorate of Government over procurement concerns last year, said the project has since stalled yet if it was not halted, investigations and construction would go on simultaneously.
Kenya Institute of Supplies management council member Dickson Mwenze asked East African countries to form a partnership.
Government is on the verge of losing over Shs 110b if a new contractor MS JV SBI International Holdings and Reynolds Construction, who emerged as the best evaluated bidders are approved to finish the 74km Mukono-Kyetume-Katosi-Nyenga road. This was after CICO a Chinese firm, which was subcontracted by EUTAW to do the job at only Shs155b had its contract withdrawn subsequent to detecting procurement irregularities in its contract.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor