Government Officials Warned On Dubious Contracts


shop geneva; font-size: small;”>Christopher Gashirabake said treatment geneva; font-size: x-small;”>with effect from Monday, whoever perpetrates any of the irregularities will be violating clearly laid down legal provisions.

Speaking during a one day workshop organized by the Ministry of Justice And Constitutional Affairs which aimed at sensitizing government officials on the management of contracts, legal proceedings against government and allied institutions and respect for human rights, on Thursday, Gashirabake said that it is the duty of the Attorney General to ensure that all the important legal aspects are duly addressed before government contracts are concluded.

He added that if the chambers are involved in the contract process right from the start, it is possible to identify and address weak points in good time and with this, losses and costly court battles are avoided.

Gashirabake added that the Chambers have been encountering problems where communication of award constituted a binding contract.

“This makes handling of complaints useless because where irregularities would be established in the process of awarding contracts; there is no chance of reversing it- hence rewarding the wrongs are committed,” said Gashirabake.

On the other hand, the Acting Director of Civil Litigation Henry Waluka stressed that local governments and government ministries must always involve the office of the Attorney General in conducting of any civil proceedings.

Henry added that the office of the Attorney General has experienced difficulties in effectively representing government and its allied institutions in civil proceedings in the courts which includes lack of instructions or proper instructions from government departments and other institutions in need of representation by the Attorney General, failure by government witnesses to attend court at the hearing, Non- compliance by government departments and institutions with advise given by the Attorney General and lack of adequate number of state Attorneys and facilitation such as transport.

He, however, recommended that Accountant Officials who do not comply with commitment control systems should have their Ministry budgets debited at source of pay for over expenditures that result in court awards or out of court settlements.

Government ministries should honor their contractual obligations to avoid litigation and payment of colossal sums of money by government in terms of court awards.

The Deputy Inspector General of Government Raphael Baku called upon all the government officials and concerned institutions to pay attention to the Anti-corruption Act, 2009 so that they don’t voluntarily submit themselves to the jurisdiction of the IGG or DPP.

Baku added that under Article 234 and Section 3 of the leadership code Act, 2002 the IGG is vested with powers to enforce the leadership code of conduct.

In enforcing the code, the IGG is empowered to receive and examine declaration of assets, liabilities and income made by leaders; to examine whether or not a leader has corrupt influence or has corruptly entered in a contract with the government or public body or foreign business organization contrary to the code.

These functions place the inspectorate of government in a position of ethics office for leaders in Uganda.

Government loses billions of shillings in court awards every year due to flouting rules in procurement procedures.

Former Finance Minister Syda Bumba and then Attorney General Kiddhu Makubuya were kicked out of Cabinet after paying tycoon Hassan Basajjabalaba billions of shilling in inflated costs of terminated contracts to run markets in Kampala.


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