The major purpose of public projects and contracts is to improve the lives and livelihoods of the citizens in the country. However, most of the public contracts in Uganda don’t fully achieve their goal due to political interference from leaders who have become the main beneficiaries instead of the citizens.

Speaking during a stakeholder workshop on enhancing value for money in public contracts and services in Ntungamo, Singahakye Denis, LC5 Ntungamo district noted that political Interference from leaders greatly affects the prosperity of the projects.

 

“We have a lot of shoddy work done because some of our political leaders despite having less knowledge and no technical capacity to monitor projects involve themselves in bidding and contracting processes for their hidden intentions.  District technical teams are often times left out,” he said.

Singahakye adds that most leaders are ignorant about monitoring and open contracting, their major interest is how to benefit from the projects rather than welfare of the citizens.

“Most of these leaders target brown envelops from contractors and in the end cannot raise a finger to point out mistakes or criticisms”

Assumpta   Kebirungi, a member from civil society points out lack of collaboration between government and non-governmental organizations as a challenge in contract performance.

”The aim of social economic transformation can be achieved if government partners with civil society to help in doing checks and balances to enhance transparence and accountability,” She said.

The chairman noted that much as other there a number of challenges in contract performance in the district, access to information should be granted right from the time call for bids are sent out till the end of the project.

“Access to information should be exercised for citizens to fully intervene since implementation is done at the grass root level,” Singahakye added.

 Majority of the participants noted illiteracy, corruption, lack of involvement, lack of transparency and accountability as major challenges in success of contracts in their district.