A red flag has been raised against Kampala Capital City Authority’s (KCCA) contracts committee over failure to exercise due diligence while contracting managers for some procurement works.
In an internal audit report for the third quarter of the financial year 2016/2017 dated April 27, 2017, seen by Daily Monitor, the KCCA director of Internal Audit, Mr Moses Bwire, noted that seven contracts were given out without the authority appointing the contracts managers to supervise the works.
The report says in the absence of the contract managers, shoddy work could have been done and exposed KCCA to possible losses.
The authority procured services for provision of telephony services for KCCA business stations, supply of drainage construction materials, supply of 70 composite perforated manholes for carriage ways and provision of street bulbs and chokes.
Others include; Provision of auctioneering services for KCCA Asset disposal, procurement of street lights materials for Bandali Rise M/s Tetra Technical services Uganda Ltd and procurement of street lights materials for Luthuli Avenue M/s Tetra Technical Services Uganda Ltd.
“…we noted cases where the Procurement Disposal Unit (PDU) was not provided with a copy of the contract management plan to facilitate proper monitoring of the contract progress. We further noted that there were instances where no evidence was availed to confirm appointment of contract managers for some of the procurement,” part the letter reads in part.
However, KCCA management attributed the delay to submit the reports on the works on the minister’s failure to guide contracts managers on what to include in the report. “KCCA is just using that as a scapegoat but we shall study the previous reports and the current ones so that we can make a comparison. If we find that the irregularities are consistent, then they risk being punished because we need to have value for money,” State minister for Kampala Affairs, Benny Namugwanya said in response.
While addressing council on Monday, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago wondered why the contracts committee has not produced even a single report as required by the law and asked the KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi to furnish his office with reports from all contracts.