The Ministry of Finance has directed the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Executive Director to enforce a directive that would see all government institutions buy all their furniture requirements from local manufacturers.
In a circular dated July 1, 2019, the Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary, Keith Muhakanizi has written to all accounting officers for both the central and local governments, heads of state enterprises and heads of public corporations reminding them of the directive by President Museveni to buy furniture from local manufacturers and that the same would be enforced by the PDDA boss.
“By copy of this circular, the Executive Director PPDA is directed to monitor compliance and ensure that all procurement and disposing entities comply with this directive,” reads in part Muhakanizi’s directive.
In the circular, the Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary explains that by procuring from the local manufacturers, government will be able to support directly and indirectly the country’s domestic industry.
“In a bid to achieve government of Uganda’s policy intents like Buy Uganda Build Uganda and develop Uganda’s local industry, there is urgent need for all government institutions to support through procuring all their furniture requirements from local manufacturers.”
While presiding at a pass out of prison trainees in 2016, President Museveni directed all government departments and agencies, including State House, to buy furniture made by the Uganda Prisons.
“Uganda Prisons makes good furniture and I am directing all government agencies to buy furniture from them,”Museveni directed.