Governance principles and procurement performance of UMEME in Uganda.
Mawa, John Okole
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The study investigated the relationship between governance principles and procurement performance of UMEME. The study was guided by the following research objectives which included; assess the relationship between accountability and procurement performance of UMEME, establish the relationship between transparency and procurement performance of UMEME, determine the relationship between stakeholder’s participation and procurement performance of UMEME. The study employed probability-simple random sampling technique over non-probability technique in order to prevent biasness in the study. Data was collected from executive management, Head of Department (HoD), Senior Principal Officers, Principal Officers, Senior Officers, Operational Officers and Support Staffs of UMEME. Out of the 125 targeted respondents,110 returned the answered questionnaire whereas only two(2) were interviewed giving a total of 112 respondents( a response rate of 85.7%).Documentary analysis was undertaken present qualitative data whereas quantitative data was analyzed and presented inform of frequencies tables, means, standard deviations, percentages, correlations and regression analysis. Pearson chi square was employed to test hypothesis. The findings of the study revealed there is a significant relationship between accountability, transparency and stakeholder participation and procurement performance of UMEME. Furthermore, the study recommended that procurement work plans must be based on approved budget, administrative processes and decision making in the PDE must be characterized by compliance, management of the PDE must limit the discretionary powers of staffs appointed to oversee contract management issues and open competitive bidding must be encouraged in most procurement of the organization.