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Busoga Leaders want PPDA Act Revised

Lower local government leaders in Busoga are blaming the poor delivery of services to bureaucracies in the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Act. They argue that the stringent procurement procedures delays greatly impacts on service delivery.

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Lower local government leaders in Busoga are blaming the poor delivery of services to bureaucracies in the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Act. They argue that the stringent procurement procedures delays greatly impacts on service delivery. According to the act, local governments have to go through 13 stages of approval before funds for a given project can be released.

Some of the stages involved include advertising, application process, bidding, evaluation and tender award amongst others. Ben Otim Ogwette, Jinja District Chief Administrative Officer says that the laid down procurement procedure is too long and affects the implementation of projects. He says that bureaucracy hits hard newly created districts whose demands are usually different from the old districts.

He says on several occasions local government are forced to send back money to the central government after failing to utilize it because of procurement delays. Ogwette cites Jinja district that had to send back over shillings 50 million meant for school projects because it was released late making it difficult to beat the procurement deadlines and implement the project in time. Richard Waiswa Naika, Mayuge Deputy Chief Administrative Officer wants the PPDA act revised to improve service delivery at the lower local governments.

 

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Omar Daktur Bongo, Mayuge district LC V chairman want the threshold set in the PPDA act increased in order not to limit services for the people. According to the PPDA Act, threshold for service providers is fixed at Shs 500,000/-, while that of technical works is shillings1, 000,000/- beyond which the district has to consult the contracts committee. 

 

The threshold for projects like roads, building of hospital, schools at the district is Shs 50 million and anything above this should be referred to the solicitor general who takes time to give his opinion as pressure mounts on the district leadership for services.

 

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In Mayuge most roads have not been maintained because of delays in the procurement process. The affected roads mostly used by sugar cane truck are found in Baitambogwe, Kigandaalo, Bukatuube and Imanyiro sub counties. Sunday Sekalegeya, a resident of Lugolole in Baitambogwe Sub County says the heavy rains that marked the end of 2011 left most roads impassable especially for small cars.

 

Edith Namayega, Kamuli town council town clerk calls for the PPDA Act to adopt a bottom to top approach where lower local governments send to the ministry of local governments priority areas for funding the next financial year so the PPDA Act threshold is made flexible depending on the local government’s priority needs.

 

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