Quality service delivery
is a precondition of Good governance. Corruption retards quality services and this
has been prevailing in public procurement process in Uganda. The purpose of the
study is to identify the significant causes of corruption in public procurement
system of Uganda. The focus of analysis was to answer the research question: what
are the major causes of procurement corruption, what are the consequences of procurement
corruption on quality service delivery and be able to suggest remedial ways of reducing
procurement corruption in the public sector. The method of data collection was through
customized questionnaire which covered both quantitative and qualitative information.
There are several state laws and regulations on corruption and those who have been
found guilty of corruption have been named and also exposed in public but corruption
has remained high. It was found that Violation of Procurement
Procedures, Use of High Ranking Officers to influence decisions, Influence Peddling
during bid evaluation, Bribery of Procurement Officers and Use of gifts to get contracts
are the major causes of public procurement corruption to deliver the quality
services in Uganda. The key consequences of procurement corruption on service delivery
were noted as follows; corruption affects the quality
of services offered to the citizens, corruption diverts Government revenues, corruption
affects the economic growth of the Country, corruption leads to loss of confidence
in public officials and corruption breeds impunity and dilutes public. It
can be concluded that making guilty officers to refund,
improvement in accountability and Transparency, Strong and independent Judiciary,
revision of laws and acts on procurement and inception of E-procurement systems
might be the measures to be taken to eradicate public procurement corruption
in order to provide optimum service delivery which would ultimately accelerate the
pace to uplift the Uganda to a middle income country as per the agenda 2040.
Quality service delivery, good governance.
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