Town Clerk Confirms Flouting PPDA Guidelines

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But members of Jinja Cattle Traders and Butcher Association – JCTBA will not have of this.

Jinja municipality flouted the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority guidelines in the award of the contract to manage the abattoir, the town clerk has confirmed. The abattoir contract was neither advertised nor subjected to competitive bidding. The abattoir is currently under the management of Jinja Abattoir Traders Association-JATA. But David Kyasanku, town clerk Jinja Municipality says that they relaxed and procurement guidelines because the abattoir was in a sorry state and was at the verge of being closed.
 
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Kyasankusays that they decided to give out the facility to Jinja Abattoir Traders Association temporarily until an evaluation exercise is carried out. But members of Jinja Cattle Traders and Butcher Association – JCTBA will not have of this. Mohammed Bogere, a member of Jinja Cattle Traders and Butcher Association suspects that money could have exchanged hands. He says that Mohammed Namayu, the Jinja Municipal Council Health Officer pushed for the award of the tender to JATA, where is a member. Bogere says that in addition to failure to advertise the tender, JATA remits only 2 million shillings to council yet the previous contractor Isabirye Majode was paying 3.8 million shillings.

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Saidi Kabanda, the Secretary Jinja Cattle Traders and Butcher Association, says that because of the fraudulent award of the tender, some of the required facilities have not been put in place. He says that JCTBA has resolved to petition the Inspector General of Government – IGG.

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Isabirye Majode, who was previously managing the abattoir, says that he is also considering going to court because he was illegally removed from the facility. Majode says that he had paid 19 million shillings to the municipality as performance bond before his tender was terminated. In September 2011, Adolf Mwesige, the Minister of Local Government has stopped the illegal allocation of Mbale’s Lorry Park to private developers after it was discovered that the municipality has flouted the procurement guidelines. The Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority Act provides for competitive bidding before a contract is awarded to any vendor.