Finance minister warns against corrupt procurement officers

By Deo Wasswa

The minister of Finance, Planning and Economic development Matia Kasaija says government is going to blacklist individual procurement officers found engaging in corruption, violating the professional ethical code and flouting procurement procedures.

Kasaija notes that public procurement officers who make procurement plans that fall short of the accepted standards after getting bribes and kickbacks are partly responsible for the country’s economic woes.

He notes that blacklisting is aimed at regulating and instilling discipline among procurement officers in a bid to improve transparency in public bidding and tendering processes.

Kasaija was addressing¬† the Bidder’s convention at UMA conference Hall Lugogo

On other hand, the  acting Executive director of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) Benson Turamye says 124 companies have been suspended from providing any service to government entities after an investigation found them guilty of forgery and breach of contractual obligations, among other issues.