Museveni gets UNRA report implicating works ministers


Justice Catherine Bamugemereire hands report to Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni has received the Uganda National Roads Authority Commission of Inquiry interim report highlighting several anomalies on a number of roads constructions country-wide.

The 9 man commission was headed by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.

According to presidential press secretary, Lindah Nabusayi, says the meeting took place at State House Entebbe.

It was attended by Works Minister Eng. John Byabagambi, Attorney General Fred Ruhindi and UNRA Executive Director Ms. Allen Kagina among others.

Ministers implicated

Meanwhile, the same report implicates Works ministers Abraham Byandala and John Byabagambi for interfering with the construction of the Tororo–Mbale and Mbale–Soroti roads that resulted in financial loss to government.

Byandala, the State minister without Portfolio, is former works minister, while Byabagambi who was then state minister is currently Works minister.

Documents presented before the Commission of Inquiry into allegations of mismanagement, abuse of office and corruption practices in UNRA on Wednesday indicate that the two ministers chaired site meetings and made directives transferring the roads project from the directorate of projects to operations as well as UNRA staff-which responsibilities were way out of their mandate.

In an April 16, 2012 letter, Byandala directed then UNRA executive director to transfer the projects from the directorate of projects to operations, arguing that the projects were suffering “because they are in wrong hands”.

“It was very clear to me from the meetings and interactions I had with your staff on the Tororo–Mbale and Mbale–Soroti roads that engineers manning these projects were not capable or did not have the experience in similar work before,” the letter quoted by Daily Monitor reads.

On February 2012, Byabagambi said the project had been unnecessarily delayed due to non-issuance of The Bill of Quantities (BOQs) and detailed drawings by the consultants.

“This is therefore to direct you to convene an urgent meeting chaired by yourself between the contractor and the consultant within seven days. The deliberations of the meeting should focus mainly on the correctness of BOQ, drawings and lasting solutions must be found during the meeting,” Byabagambi wrote.

Former UNRA director of operations, James Okiror, told the commission that the ministers did not have a role in the project management.

The commission summoned the ministers to appear before the Commission next week to explain their role in the construction of the two roads in the eastern region.

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