No more district tenders for roads, President tells local govts

President Yoweri Museveni has warned that the whole country is facing procurement chaos because the process benefits those bent on making money and not the country.

The President was today commissioning multibillion Komatsu road construction and maintenance equipment from Japan at the Spedag Interfreight Warehouse, Buto Yard in Bweyogerere.

The president says that huge resources are wasted in claims of procurement which only benefit a few.

President Museveni said he decided to negotiate a procurement deal with the Prime Minister of Japan after government realized that previous equipment procured from China easily broke down.

The President says that there should be no more tenders at the districts for road construction and that maintenance must be done by staff of the ministry of works and transport.

He said all districts will receive a full unit of equipment which includes a bulldozer valued at 900 million shillings and an excavator valued at S850 million shillings.

Some 1151 pieces of road equipment was procured for all the 121 district local governments including the six newly created districts that will come into force in July 2017 .

The equipment was procured using a loan that was secured from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and counter-funding by the government of Uganda.