By John Odyek
KAMPALA, July 17– Uganda’s Public Procurement & Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) has suspended 34 more companies from participating in public procurement, bringing the total number of companies suspended to 91.
This was announced here Wednesday by the PPDA, which is cracking the whip to combat widespread corruption in public procurement by blacklisting firms engaged in various malpractices in a move aimed at improving service delivery and preventing abuse of scarce public resources.
The companies have received suspension periods ranging from one to five years after which they are allowed to re-apply to be reinstated in the list of companies allowed to seek public sector contracts.
Their offences range from submitting forged documents for bid security, income tax clearance certificates, certificates of registration and bank guarantee forms.
The majority performed shoddy work, failed to complete contracts on time, submitting invoices for work not done, submitting forged completion certificates, and submitting forged evidence of works contracts previously undertaken. Others used higher rates than those originally quoted in the bills of quantities.
One company has been suspended indefinitely for causing large financial loss to government.
Patricia Asiimwe, the acting executive director PPDA, said the details of firms suspended and suspected to be involved in criminal activities had been forwarded to police for criminal investigations.
The PPDA has also written to the Uganda Revenue Authority to determine whether a tax clearance certificate is genuine. “They have to confirm with us,” Asiimwe said.
The PPDA Regulations, 2014, requires the authority to notify all government entities of the suspension.
SOURCE: NEW VISION