NEMA boss faces arrest over UNRA scandals


Dr. Tom Okia Okurut

The commission of inquiry investigating Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has issued summons to National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) executive director, Dr Tom Okurut, over sabotage.

Set up by President Yoweri Museveni, the commission is chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.

On Wednesday, it sat at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala and (as suggested by counsel Andrew Kasirye) resolved to issue criminal summons against NEMA boss for his failure to appear before the commission to explain the irregularities in the dashing out of 42 land titles in a wetland and forest reserve on the Kampala-Entebbe Express Highway.

The same group fraudulently claimed compensation for displacement by the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway project.

The revelation was made by David Kyadondo, the Project manager of the Entebbe Express Highway project who appeared before the Commission of Inquiry into the Uganda National Roads Authority in Parliament on Monday.

Over Shs 36bn was paid out to affected people, some of who owned land in swamps and forest reserves.

The commission has since ruled that the fraudsters return the money they were paid as compensation.

NEMA ED Okurut, in the meantime, is accused of sabotaging and frustrating the commission’s activities.

He is expected to appear before the commission by August 7, or be arrested.

According to Kasirye, Okurut decided to switch off his phones and avoid meeting the commission.

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