By Hillary Nsambu
Acting Principal Judge David Kutosi Wangitusi has urged the new members of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) Appeals Tribunal to be always sober and candid while carrying out their mandate.
Wangutusi also urged the members to always make reasoned decisions and in an informed manner. They should also make their decisions in writing and deliver them within a period of not more than ten working days after receiving an application for review.
“This is particularly so, because the future of effective and efficient government based on value for money lies on an efficient procurement function. Make your decisions speedily instead of agonizing over them to avoid case backlog and distorting the delivery of services across the country,” the judge cautioned.
Justice Wangutusi, who is also the head of the Commercial Court, was Wednesday swearing in office six new members of the PPDA at the court’s library. He was flanked among other judicial officers the Chief Registrar, Paul Wolimbwa Gadenya and other senior Government officers.
The new PPDA members are Olive Zaale Otete (chair), David Kabateraine, Abraham Nkata, Joel Kateregga, Moses Adriko and Christine Kaahwa (acting registrar).
He urged them to adhere to their oaths and never to depart from the law to which they should be accountable. It should also guide them in their day to day work and; if in doubt, it should be their guide.
“The oath equally requires you to serve this country to the best of your abilities, bearing in mind the enormous responsibilities place upon you. Therefore, take this appointment as a special calling for youto make your contribution to our motherland, Uganda.
As PPDA tribunal, you are clothed with quasi-judicial functions to try cases of indiscipline. This will however, necessitate you to observe as a minimum the rule of natural justice; in that you give every person who appears before you a right to be heard,” Wangutusi advised.
The judge cautioned the members to avoid bias both in real and perceived terms. They should be guided by the evidence before them and not intuition or rumours and; above all they should be fair to those who appear before them.