UGANDA TO HOLD OPEN FORUMS ON PROCUREMENT

KAMPALA, Sept 29 — Uganda’s Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) has started holding open discussion forums — referred to locally called barazas — to engage Ugandans on procurement issues in their localities.

Last week, the public procurement regulator hosted the first ever procurement baraza in Tororo, in the eastern part of the country, to discuss service delivery in Eastern District.

Participants discussed a long range of issues such as the district procurement work plan and understanding how and when the planned government activities were implemented.

The residents were also told that the district and the municipal council are mandated by the law to display their procurement plans in open spaces to foster transparency, accountability and the monitoring of projects.

This is one of the requirements spelt out in the amended PPDA Act and Regulations came in force in March.

“Through the procurement barazas, we hope the stakeholders will get the relevant knowledge and be empowered to monitor Government projects,” said Milton Tumutegyereize, the Director for Training & Capacity Building at PPDA.

“Sometimes, people don’t even know what is on the work plan of the district and so will not know when there is no service delivery.”

Sarah Opendi, the Minister of State for Primary Health Care and one of the area’s MPs, urged contractors to finish works on time. “Once you delay procurement, you are delaying service delivery to the people. Can we conclude these in time so that people can get what is due to them,” he said. –

SOURCE: NEW VISION

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