Ugandan Engineers Warned

Members of the engineering fraternity and other stakeholders in the construction industry have been aised to avoid and stop engaging in bribery acts because it has a negative impact on the economy.

The aice was delivered by Sebastian Hok a renowned International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) accredited trainer during a two day FIDIC Contracts Intensive Training Course (Module 2) focusing on Management Claims and Dispute Resolution.

“Bribery has a negative impact on price and it also impacts badly on the quality of work delivered. If you bribe somebody the result is bad work. The final result is always bad,” Hok said in an interview on the sidelines of the training.

The training was organised by Uganda Association of Consulting Engineers (UACE) a member of International Federation of Consulting Engineers. The objective for the training was to educate contractors, employers and to empower them with management of contracts and know how to deal with claims.

Hok said corruption alongside conflict of interest and selfishness is a leading cause of disputes in the industry. He stated that most disputes are related to designs and contract interpretation. Hok taught the association members about the correct policies, and application and understanding of the rules.

The Chairman of Uganda Association of Consulting Engineers, Eng. Michael Daka said that as an association, they don’t deal with only engineers, but also contractors, architects, legal aisers, procurement officers and government ministries. Daka, said government hires foreign companies and personal because the local engineers and contractors are corrupt and incompetent. He said the common practice of government bringing in international companies from abroad to do big construction projects like roads should end.

Source : East African Business Week

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