Poor service delivery blamed for less public participation in govt projects
Poor service delivery has been attributed to lack of public participation in government projects being implemented in communities.
According to Sarah Faguet the programs officer African freedom for information centre (AFIC), this has resulted in poor alignment of citizens’ needs and ability to monitor government spending on projects targeting them.
Faguet says when citizens are involved in governance, government becomes accountable and responsible.
She made the remarks on Thursday during a training on the right to access to information and sectoral laws on public procurement including access to proactively disclosed information held in Ntungamo Municipality.
The training which was organized by African freedom for information centre (AFIC) in partnership with the South Western Institute for Policy and Advocacy (SOWIPA) was aimed at public procurement information disclosure
and data needs of the various stakeholders involved in public contracting.
Faguet has meanwhile, tasked all civil society organizations (COSs) to cooperate and sensitize the public on their roles and responsibilities about government projects in their areas.
The Executive director African freedom for information centre (AFIC) Gilbert Sendugwa also says there is the need for strengthening information sharing on all contracts between government agencies and the citizens if the
current trend of shoddy works and misuse of public funds is to be reduced.