Traders Demand Cancellation of Kitgum Market Tender

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In short
In his letter to Joseph Longomin, Kitgum Chief Administrative Officer, Nyeko accuses the district of condoning irregularities in the procurement process contrary to the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act.

Vendors in Kitgum main market want Kitgum district local government to nullify the revenue collection tender awarded to Kitgum Main Traders Cooperative Society Limited in 2014.
The vendors through their umbrella body Ber Bedo Market Vendors Cooperative Society Limited led by their chairperson, Concy Atim Nyeko accuse the district of flouting public procurement regulations.  
 
The vendors argue that in 2014, only Ber Bedo Market Vendors Cooperative Society submitted bids for revenue collection in the Kitgum main market, but they were astounded to discover that Kitgum Main Market Traders Cooperative had been listed as one of the bidders and subsequently awarded the tender.
 
 
In his letter to Joseph Longomin, Kitgum Chief Administrative Officer, Nyeko accuses the district of condoning irregularities in the procurement process contrary to the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act. 

 
"Our humble request is for you to take action in complying with and enforcing the law to avoid a repeat of fundamental flaws and irregularities of fairness, transparency and best practices in the procurement process. 

In the circumstance that we do not receive attention to our complaint, we shall petition the PPDA for intervention," reads part of the letter. Longomin has admitted several indications of fraud and corruption in the procurement process. 

He says they reach a decision after thorough investigations into the allegations by the traders.
 
  
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He says although the vendors are pushing to take over the revenue collection in the market, they will have to provide proof in a fresh bidding process showing that they are capable of managing the market and face competition from other bidders. 

 

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