Parliament Succumbs to PPDA Pressure On New Chambers

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In a July 21st 2016 report, Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority PPDA cancelled the tendering process for the proposed construction of the Chamber, citing irregularities in the procurement process.

Parliament has bowed to pressure and agreed to outsource the process of procuring a contractor for the new chamber.
  
In a July 21st 2016 report, Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) cancelled the tendering process for the proposed construction of the Chamber, citing irregularities in the procurement process.
  
But the parliamentary commission of the 10 Parliament today held its first meeting where the PPDA report was discussed.
  
Sources in the meeting chaired by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga told Uganda Radio Network - URN that the commission members agreed to adhere to the report findings.
  
Chris Obore, the parliament director Communications and Public Affairs confirmed the development saying that what parliament needs is a clear process so that the new chamber is built as soon as possible.
 
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The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Opposition Chief Whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, Commissioners Peter Ogwang, Arinaitwe Rwakajara-worker's representative and others.
  
In the PPDA report, the executive director Cornelia Sabiiti cited inadequacy of the bidding documents in respect to the requirement of annual average turnover and non-application of mandatory margin of preference.
  
PPDA recommended outsourcing the evaluation process to an independent and competent third party provider to help build bidder confidence in the procurement process and reduce potential complaints that may further delay the procurement process.
  
Also cited in the PPDA report was the irregular change of the cost estimate without the approval of the accounting officer after bids had been submitted and bid prices read out. PPDA also cited irregularities in the conduct of evaluation process.
 
The PPDA report was a result of an investigation into the complaint filed by a whistle blower in respect to violation of a number of procurement procedures during the evaluation of interested bidders.
  
In July, the tender for the procurement of the proposed 270-billion-shilling building was thrown into controversy, after a whistle-blower wrote to the Inspector General of Government, claiming collusion between the PPDA and officials from parliament.
  
Meanwhile, URN has also learnt that the parliament commission has set an emergency meeting for next week to discuss the issue of legislators' vehicles.
  
This is after the finance ministry insisted that the money for vehicles was not available this financial year since it was not carried in the parliament budget.
  
Each of the 427 MPs in the 10th parliament expects to get 150 million Shillings to buy a new vehicle.

 

About the author

Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.