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Civil servants urged to prioritize transparency in procurement

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By Anthony Kushaba

Mbarara

Civil servants have been urged to prioritize transparency in the procurement process if effective service and value for money are to be realized.

This call was this morning made by Kweyamba Ruhemba the Ibanda district chief administrative officer while speaking at the opening of a one-day training for Procurement and communication officers from the districts and municipalities of southwestern Uganda held at Oxford hotel Mbarara.

The training was organized by African freedom of information center-AFIC in collaboration with National Information Technology Authority-NITA –Uganda

Ruhemba revealed that the officers must ensure that there is a levelled ground for those participating in the procurement process to ensure that they Build trust, ensuring Efficiency in procurement, Compliancy with the law and accountability.

Ruhemba revealed that the locals, bidders and suppliers find it comfortable to deal with a transparent and open process.

Ruhemba adds that documents which include Procurement plans, Budgets s, bid notices, evaluation criteria should be availed to the public using newspapers, notice boards, websites among other platforms.

Speaking at the same training, Phionah Mataama the Africa Freedom of Information Centre-AFIC programs officer revealed that access to information is vital and makes people make informed decisions.

She further revealed that transparency is the best way through which procuring entities can be accountable to the people whom they serve.

The participants were drawn from the districts of Ibanda,Isingiro,Mbarara,Ntungamo,Kisoro,Rubanda,Rukiga,Kabale,Bushenyi,Buhweju,Rubirizi,Shema among others.