UNRA Paid Shs21.9bn To Ghost Chinese Company

UNRA Paid Shs21.9bn To Ghost Chinese Company

Uganda’s roads authority, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) paid a whopping Shs21.9bn to a company it did not contract.

This came to light on Wednesday as UNRA officials appeared before a parliamentary committee.

The dubious payments were reportedly brought to the attention of the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) by a whistle blower.

Lawmakers sitting on the accountability committee interfaced with UNRA officials led by the Executive Director Allen Kagina and legal director Mary Kamuli Kuteesa among others.

This comes days after four Chi­nese com­pa­nies re­funded Shs26bn money meant for com­pen­sa­tion un­der sev­eral Uganda Na­tional Roads Au­thor­ity (UNRA) pro­jects. The com­pa­nies in­clude; Zhong­mei En­gi­neer­ing, China Rail­way No 5 Group, Chongqing In­ter­na­tional Con­struc­tion Com­pany and China Rail­way 18th Group.

The money is part of Shs47bn ad­vanced to the com­pa­nies by UNRA to com­pen­sate in­di­vid­u­als af­fected by pro­ject con­struc­tions how­ever, the com­pa­nies are re­ported to have put the money in fixed ac­counts to ac­crue in­ter­est.