The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has installed the Newly Appointed Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) Appeals Tribunal led by the former Uganda Law Society (ULS) President Francis Gimara.
In 2018, the outgoing tribunal team led by Olive Naka and members including Abraham Nkata, Moses Adriko, David Batamwine and the late Architect Joel Kateregga was appointed to serve for three years and later extended to more three years making it six years of their term in service.
Officiating the handover ceremony at the ministry’s headquarters in Kampala today on behalf of the Finance Minister Matia Kasaija, the State Minister for Finance in Charge of General Duties Hon. Gabriel Ajedra applauded the outgoing tribunal for taking on decisions that have not been challenged by anybody in among the 113 cases handled hence appealing to the incoming team to emulate them.
The incoming chairperson of the tribunal, Francis Gimara, says that “it will be easy for them to perform accordingly due to the strong foundation set by their predecessors and the zero number of case backlogs left on the desk.”
Meanwhile, the minister urges the new tribunal to also front the principals of Integrity, Transparency, accountability, equity and fairness, efficiency, teamwork and timelienss to swiftly serve the nation.
Delivering her farewell speech at the ceremonial handover, Olive Zaale Otete urges the incoming tribunal to prepare before the hearing and also serve without fear and favour to any person or institution investigated.
The PPDA Appeals tribunal was constituted in 2014 from the PPDA act that was passed in 2011by parliament with the aim of creating transparency in government procurement processes.