KCCA Unveils Platform for Monitoring Public Works

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The portal launched today at the Office of the Prime Minister OPM was developed by the city Authority in collaboration with the Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda as a twin innovation based on a similar portal developed by the Seoul Metropolitan authority in South Korea following a series of calamities caused by the collapse of a number of structures.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has launched a web-based portal through which the public can monitor city projects and public works.

Dubbed the "Uganda system for electronic open data records" the platform will help the public, civil society and contractor's to access information on city infrastructure in order to monitor ongoing works and provide feedback.

The portal launched today at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) was developed by the city Authority in collaboration with the Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda as a twin innovation based on a similar portal developed by the Seoul Metropolitan authority in South Korea following a series of calamities caused by the collapse of a number of structures.

Marlon Agaba, an officer from Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda says that the web platform has a section for comments by the public on a project of their interest. The comments are directed to KCCA and ACCU which ensures that action has been taken on the various concerns raised by the public.

The system is updated every day at midnight. However, Agaba says that there are plans to make it updated in real-time. 

Beti Kamya, the Minister for Kampala says that the new platform will ensure continuous communication on city projects and promote a culture of accountability and transparency on city programmes.

Kamya said that the ability of national accountability institutions to exercise effective control of corruption is handicapped by multiple factors including gaps in policy, legal and regulatory frameworks as well as weak public demand for accountability.

KCCA Deputy Executive Director Sam Sserunkuma said the overall target is to have a fully-fledged system that is interactive and allowing for a 24-hour interaction with the citizens in real time and with a capacity to support large data and images. He adds that they hope to link the system with procurement and payment systems.
 
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Kamya said that USD 300 million is lost annually through corruption in the public sector and that as a result, the government with support from the UNDP is implementing the institutional effectiveness programme which is one of the three components of the inclusive and effective governance pillar of the UNDP country programme 2016-2020.
 
"Under the programme, UNDP continues to provide upstream support targeting relevant MDAs and key non-state institutions to ensure that gaps in public sector policies, legal and regulatory frameworks and operational mechanism that impede effectiveness in public sector management are eliminated," Kamya said.

 She said that as a consequence public demand for accountability and transparency should increase and contribute to a culture of zero tolerance to corruption in Uganda.

"The institutional effectiveness programme support was provided through the OPM to pilot the clean construction open data system in selected infrastructure investments in 2 local governments and KCCA," she revealed.
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.