Finance Minister Matia Kasaija has said government is in the process of amending the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) Act, saying it is responsible for the delayed implementation of government projects.
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of the Inspectorate of Government (IG) Towers in Kampala on Thursday, Mr Kasaija said the government procurement procedure under PPDA Act is too bureaucratic.
“We are amending the PPDA Act because it has become more of an obstruction than facilitation. I am myself a victim of this very law. There was a road construction project in my constituency (Buyanja County) which was delayed for years due to numerous reviews resulting from complaints,” said Mr Kasaija.
According to the Minister, the construction of IG tower was supposed to commence two years ago but impeded by technicalities in the PPDA law.
“We are changing this law (PPDA Act) as I speak to curtail on the prolonged procurement processes which have resulted into delays in implementation of government projects,” he added.
He cited the delayed purchase and transfer of the 1.2 acre land from Posta Uganda, government agency to IG for the construction of the towers.
The Inspector General of Government (IGG), Justice Irene Mulyagonja, said the IG towers will have a detention facility for corrupt officials as measure to improve investigations.
“We shall have meeting rooms for investigations and we shall not spend time and resources to move suspects as we wait for court action. We shall also have an exhibit store and a forensic laboratory and a 500-seater-conference hall among other welfare facilities on the 15 level building,” said Justice Mulyagonja.
She revealed that once completed in the next three years, the IG towers would save government more than Shs2.5 billion annually that is spent in rent.
“The construction of the building is timely and responds to the demand at hand. As the IG grows, there will be room for expansion as the capacity requires,” said Justice Mulyagonja.
Mr Kasaija said that the IGG has huge task of instilling ethics among the youth to save the country of illegalities.
“I want to caution the youth to desist from illegitimate wealth. Go slow while earning money and earn it legally because if you do not, the truth will come out,” he said.
Mr Kasaija added: “The return we present annually to you (IGG) may not be truthful. I may ask you to do more research. We do not prevent young people in public offices from doing private work so long as you do not steal government time and resources.”