UNRA probed amid Shs239bn Kanoni road scam



President Yoweri Museveni has established a Commission of Inquiry into allegations of mismanagement, abuse of office and corrupt practices in the Uganda National Road Authority

Allen C Kagina, the Executive Director Uganda National Roads Authority revealed this an internal memo to staff.

“This is to officially inform you that HE The President of Uganda has established a Commission of Inquiry into allegations of mismanagement, abuse of office and corrupt practices in the Uganda National Road Authority,” reads the memo in parts.

She notified the staff that some of the would be required to appear before the Commission to assist in the enquiry.

“I urge the Directors to ensure that business continues with as little disruption as possible.”

All those who will be summoned must ensure that their immediate supervisors are notified of their absence from office for the period they are before the Commission, Kagina explained.

“Security of documentation and information is paramount and all those in charge of registries and other document and information registries must take responsibility for the documents and information under their charge.”

According to Kagina, the Commission will require all the staff cooperation to do its work effectively.

“This is an opportunity for us to begin the process of transformation of the UNRA and for us to improve our performance and regain public trust.”

UNRA has been plagued by scandals where staff are accused of influence peddling in giving tenders and signing road contracts.

Last year was rocked by the Shs 24.6bn Katosi-road scandal that cost many officials their jobs and led to the demotion of roads and transport minister, Abraham Byandala.

According to sceptics, the commission has been formed purposely to implicate Amama Mbabazi who has just declared intentions to stand for presidency, in some corruption scandals.

Kanoni road scandal

Meanwhile, a new report has mired UNRA officials in fraud involving the award of tender for the construction of the 110km Kanoni- Sembabule- Villa Maria road.

According to The Investigator, UNRA officials fraudulently awarded a Shs 239 billion tender to a “fictitious” Chinese company called China Railway No.3 Engineering Group. Co. (U) Limited.

The report says Inspector General of Police, Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura, in April 28 2015 wrote to the Commandant Special Investigations Division, Kireka, saying the award of the Shs239, 120, 194, 859 road tender to the Chinese firm was fraudulent and wanted it investigated.

The new scam involves Ag Executive Director Ssebbugga Kimeza, Ministry of Works and Transport as well as Finance Ministry officials.

The contract between UNRA and Chinese was reportedly signed on 11th June by Kimeze on behalf of Government and Du Sheng on behalf of China Railway No. 3 Engineering Co Limited.

UNRA then paid an advance of $6m (Shs18bn in Eco Bank.

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