2 July 2013 | Adam Leach
Lack of attention to detail and poor market research by buyers are to blame for more than 99 out of every 100 public sector contracts in Uganda last year running over budget, according to the Inspector General of Government.
In its third annual report into corruption within government, the IGG found that the number of procurements that kept to budget had dropped to just 0.7 per cent of those let over the past year. It blamed purchasers for leading to unrealistic estimates of overall costs. The situation also appears to be deteriorating as in 2009, only half of contracts were found to have gone over their original budget.
The report said: “Price increase during execution, through change orders in specifications or cost, may be grounds for corruption. This is a significant red flag of a possible entry point of corruption and calls for integration of risk management into public procurement.”
The report, which covered contracts in 2012, also criticised public sector buyers for taking too long. It found that less than a third of procurements – 29 per cent – were completed when they were supposed to.