"The directive of the president to ministry of education and health that beginning the financial 2021-2022 all contracts to build schools and schools should be given to UPDF contravenes both the Public finance management act and the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets -PPDA law!" -Mawokota South MP Yusuf Nsibambi
The Shadow Minister for Works
and Mawokota South MP Yusuf Nsibambi has asked Government agencies to adhere to procurement laws in stead of following President Museveni’s directives.
According to Nsibambi,
President Museveni has been issuing directives on roads for Chinese
companies to be considered for projects, and also directing several agencies
including the Ministry of Education and Sports to contract the Uganda People’s
Defense Forces -UPDF to construct schools and yet these people also need to
undergo competitive bidding.
Nsibambi made the remarks on Thursday while
presenting before parliament a statement of the Leader of the opposition on the
arbitrary directives by the President of awarding contracts to various construction
entities for construction of roads, schools and health facilities.
He says all these entities including the UPDF Engineering
Brigade must go through the process of open bidding like other units in
accordance with the law.
He said that the directive of the president to the ministries of education and of health that beginning the financial 2021-2022 all
contracts to build schools and health centres be given to UPDF contravenes both
the Public finance management act and the Public Procurement and Disposal of
Assets -PPDA law.
Nsibambi noted that
parliament needs to understand that all the pre financing
projects are in form of loans and all the loans should
be awarded by parliament not the president. Nsibambi says that there is need to scrutinize these directives.
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The Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga asked
the deputy speaker of parliament to direct the responsible ministers to come to
parliament and offer statements about the different directives of the president
on offering the contracts so that the house can debate on it.
In her response the Deputy Speaker of Parliament
Anita Among directed the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka to make a response
to parliament on Tuesday next week on the directives of the president on
awarding contracts to different companies.