On Friday, 24th July 2020, the Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) released the report on contract monitoring processes for selected district local government for Financial Year (FY) 2018/19, during a high-level dialogue on public contracting in Uganda.
The report analyses implementation of public procurement at the local government level through an in-depth contract monitoring exercise in six districts: Mbarara, Ntungamo, Kabale, Kanungu, Nebbi, and Pikachu for FY 2018/19.
The contract monitoring exercise aimed at determining the extent to which public contract information is disclosed, the level of citizens’ participation in public contracts, and the extent to which contract execution meets contract requirements. It also aimed at providing the government with feedback on contract performance in project districts.
Furthermore, the exercise focused on the leading social services sectors namely health, education, and water to ascertain the implementation of the public procurement contracts and efficiency of the service delivery overall. The information was collected using measures in line with the Access to Information Act, 2005; Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) Act, 2013; and PPDA regulations, among other policy and legal frameworks.
During the same dialogue, AFIC also disseminated key findings from sectoral analysis reports of procurement data from Uganda’s agriculture, education, health as well as works and transport sector for the financial years 2016/17-2018/19. The sectoral analyses were based on four key indicators namely disclosure, competition, efficiency, and inflated costs.
Speaking at the dialogue, Gilbert Sendugwa, the Executive Director of the Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC), among others, recommended that PPDA should expedite the implementation of electronic government procurement (e-GP) system in the sectors analyzed as they, together, account for about 35% of the national budget.
Edwin Muhumuza, the Director of Corporate Affairs at the PPDA encouraged stakeholders to assist the Authority by providing them with information about incompetent contractors so that they can be blacklisted and banned from carrying on other government projects.
View the first contracts monitoring report here: https://africafoicentre.org/download/strengthening-the-performance-of-contracts-at-local-government-level-in-uganda/
View the second contracts monitoring report here: https://africafoicentre.org/download/the-second-contracts-monitoring-report-of-selected-districts-for-fy2019-20/
View the synthesis report here: https://africafoicentre.org/download/the-quest-for-value-for-money-in-public-procurement-in-uganda/
The DGF is supporting AFIC to implement a project titled: “Improving social service delivery to citizens through open contracting in Uganda”.
Originally published on the DGF website.