Freeze UNRA accounts over Shs3.5bn debt-Lawyer


Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) continues to battle a court case for failure to clear debts amounting to Shs 3.5bn.

Vivo Energy Uganda Limited in a suit filed at the Commercial Court says it entered an agreement with UNRA to supply fuel lubricants on January 14, 2009.

According to the suit, the fuel would be supplied through Shell Uganda.

Through their lawyers A.F Mpanga advocates, Vivo Energy said it had invoices showing UNRA officials consuming their products without paying.

The invoices were showed to the deputy Registrar Commercial Court Mugabo Vincent Emmy.

The case, which resurfaced on Tuesday, has been in court since December 2015.

Vivo and UNRA were asked by court to settle the matter outside but Mpanga says the roads authority is not complying.

“That is why am requesting that their [UNRA] accounts be frozen so that my client can recover the said unpaid money,” Mpanga pleaded.

UNRA lawyers M/S Kampala Associated Advocates told the court that the invoices issued to them had “imbalances and errors which were returned to them seeking for reconciliation on all invoices that were supplied in that month”.

The lawyers accused Vivo Energy of manipulating fuel cards to include fictitious transactions.

Vivo also apparently failed to produce fuel cards with the secret pin codes and a number of transactions that took in just a period of nine months period.

The case has been pushed to May 24, for further mediation.

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