The commission of inquiry into Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has discovered that officials pocketed at least Shs 10bn in another procurement process for the Kawempe-Kafu-Kiryandogo road.
Led by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the commission sitting at Imperial Royale Hotel on Wednesday learnt that the procurement process was similar to that involving Mapcon Consults Ltd for the costruction of Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya road.
As reported by New Vision, UNRA awarded a tender to a firm identified as Aurecon Amei to review the Kawempe-Kafu-Kiryandogo road design yet the firm had not expressed interest to review the road design of the 208km stretch, from Kawempe to Kiryandongo.
The firm was not registered with the Uganda Registration Services Bureau and is not registered up to now.
Counsel Mary Kutesa, said that UNRA approved $1.3m (about Shs 4.4b) for the 166km stretch from Kawempe to Kafu and $1.6m (about Shs 5.4b) for the 42km stretch from Kafu to Kiryandongo.
More money, according to the leading daily, was approved and paid for the shorter stretch (from Kafu to Kiryandongo) than the longer stretch (from Kawempe to Kafu) to a firm not registered with the URSB or anywhere in Uganda.
One company changed names (from Africon Engineering (U) Ltd to Africon and then to Aurecon Amei) on officials’ guidance to remove the idea of conflct of interest.
The commission also heard that UNRA disregarded PPDA rules to award Aurecon Amei another contract for the addendum from Kafu to Kiryandongo.
The PPDA executive director, Cornelia Kakooza Sabiti, reportedly acted on advice from the Solicitor General.
The same commission is investigating two parallels scandals; UNRA paid Shs36bn compensation to people owning land in government wetlands and parks on Entebbe road.
Officials also added 9 non-existent kilometres on Hoima road pocketing about Shs29bn.