Kampala — The Public Procurement & Disposal of Public Assets Appeals Tribunal has cleared a total of 85 applications since it was instituted, saving government billions of shillings in the process.
Ms Olive Zaale Otete, the chairperson of the tribunal, yesterday said the complaints stretch across all the entities, both at the local and the central government.
"We cleared nine cases in 2014, 17 cases in 2015, and 13 cases in 2016. The numbers increased to 23 in 2017 and right now we have also handled 23 cases," she said.
It is reported that most complaints registered relate to the infrastructure developments in the country, including roads, water systems and construction works.
Mr Moses Jurua Adriko, a member of the tribunal, said since contracts are time bound, their speedy process of dealing with the applications has saved time.
"I cannot go into the specifics of how much we have saved, but I can confirm to you that government has saved billions of shillings which can be used in other projects. We found some projects would cost more than their normal values, so through evaluation of such contracts we have saved a lot of money," Mr Adriko said.
Mr Amos Kwizera, the registrar of the tribunal, said since they started their work, they have had no case backlog. "We deal with every case as soon as it is registered. We normally have 10 working days to dispose of cases," he said.
New member sworn in
Mr Thomas Isanga Brooks, a new member of the tribunal, was also yesterday sworn in, replacing the late Joel Katerrega, who passed on earlier this year.
Mr Isanga, a founder member of Professional Engineering Consultants, holds a Master of Science degree in International Construction Management from the University of Bath from UK.
While swearing him in at the offices, the deputy registrar of the High Court in charge of special projects, Ms Susan Abinyo, challenged Isanga to balance his time well.
"I urge you to exhibit high levels of integrity and efficient time management. Please manage your time and activities of the tribunal very well," she advised.
Ms Otete said the appointment of Isanga is a big relief to the tribunal.