By Maureen Nakatudde
The agricultural sector has been marred in corruption due to some of the limitations they had in their contracts.
Charlotte Mwesigye Bagorogoza, the national coordinator of Interfaith Action for Ethics and Integrity (INFOC) for Agriculture Contracts Monitoring Contract Cluster (ACMC) says they have developed a tool to monitor and evaluate the agricultural sector in procurement and delivery of services.
She says this decision was reached after it was discovered that there was poor record keeping by contractors.
“The contract is limited by lack of access to contracts support document at suppliers’ centres,” she says.
They, therefore, take advantage of this and misuse the resources. Besides that, Mwesigye noted that there was poor record of beneficiary’s distribution forms.
Because of lack of contacts and detailed location tracking and validation of contracts implementation is complicated.
This is because most people did not have proper identification.
For example, one contractor has a desk in a wholesale shop bearing another person’s name; this makes the procurement process hard.
In additional to that, the late involvement of sub-county officials created room for denial of responsibility for the poor management of contracts at lower local level.