Civil society decries lack of transparency in government projects

Civil society organizations that advocate for  transparency in  government  construction  projects  led by CoST  Uganda  have launched their first assurance report  done on five road sector projects  with a proposal to  government to always disclose the full  cycle information  about the projects  to the public.

 

They argue that this can be achieved through making legal reforms in the Public Procurement Act were also procurement entities should consider improving community sensitization and engagement on economic benefits to the citizens.

 

The report read by Eng. Jotham Sempewo notes that most projects suffered cost increases as time over runs and changes the scope and also the challenge in obtaining the right of way from the land owners and in land acquisition.

 

The report that covered 3 procuring entities that is Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) and Wakiso local government shows that corruption is one of the key issues affecting the works in the construction sector.

 

In the same report CoST Uganda goes ahead to demonstrate that currently a number of roads constructed are substandard which requires repair within a short period of time as the contractors will always be looking forward for a difference from the funds.

 

Speaking about the report before the media at Acardea House the chairman for the Organization Nathan Byanyima   noted that government ends up spending a lot of funds on the same projects due to the shortcomings that could be eliminated.

 

Meanwhile Giles Odongo who represented the ministry of Works commended the CoST Uganda for the report noting that they are to ensure that they follow up the issues at least within a period of 6 months for better implementation and transparency.

 

On his part the district Engineer Wakiso Samuel Mwesigwa attributed the weakness in the district to the less number of engineers at the district to follow up on the works which he says in the end affects their performance.