Works Minister Abraham Byandala has accused the PPDA of continuously failing the transport sector by focusing more scrutiny on documentation presented, instead of looking at the applicant's ability to deliver on a contract.
Byandala says the PPDA's insistence meant that the sector was stuck with inefficient contractors.
"The PPDA (Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority) Act always concentrates on the documentation not the capability of the bidders, as a result, the capable bidders without good proposals never get the job," the minister said today, adding that the same act had made it hard for the ministry to blacklist quack contractors since the process lasts several months.
The minister's comments came in a speech delivered on his behalf by the state minister for Works, John Byabagambi, at the opening of the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) stakeholders' forum at Speke Resort Munyonyo, today.
The minister congratulated UNRA on making five years, adding that even more needs to be done in the next five years.
"The ministry of [Finance] has allotted more money to UNRA because whatever money is voted for, is immediately absorbed," the minister said.
UNRA Executive Director Ssebbugga-Kimeze revealed that the work plan for the next five years' was already in place.
"The next five years are going to be even more exciting. We look forward to increasing the current paved network from 3,500km to over 5,000km."
Ssebbugga explained that UNRA's next tranche of work would include the construction of different roads across the country and a new bridge across River Nile, before the end of the year. UNRA has completed over 1,000kms of roads and according to Ssebbugga, over 1,200km of major roads are currently under construction.