January 7, 2015

Katosi Road Saga: Byandala Snubs Police Summons

Works and Transport Minister Eng. Abraham Byandala has snubbed summons by the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (CIID) directing him to appear at the Kireka based Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

Minister of Works and Transportation, Eng. Ibrahim Byandala is on the spot over the Katosi road saga just in time for the 2014 Transparency International graft index release.
Minister of Works and Transportation, Eng. Ibrahim Byandala is on the spot over the Katosi road saga just in time for the 2014 Transparency International graft index release.

Byandala was scheduled to appear before Charles Kataratambi, the Unit Commandant to record a statement in relation to investigations into the mismanagement of the procurement process for Mukono-Katosi-Nyenga road.

Even though he was expected to appear at 9; 00 am, Byandala did not honor the appointment, nor did he communicate to police, Polly Namaye, the deputy police spokesperson says.

Byandala is alleged to have used his office to influence the issuance of contract  in which, Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) awarded a Ugx 165Billion task for the construction of Mukono-Katosi road to a briefcase company, EUTAW before completion of the due diligence process.

Grace Akullo, the CIID director,  in a letter dated December 27th 2014, quoted a previous communication through which Byandala instructed the acting Executive Director Sebugga Kimese to sign the Ugx 165 billion contract with EUTAW before Due diligence on the firm was undertaken.

Following the award of the contract, EUTAW subcontracted a Chinese company – CICO to tarmac the Mukono – Katosi road. UNRA then paid Ugx 24Billion in advance to the dubious road construction firm that has since vanished without a trace.

Police has so far interrogated a number of people including one of the alleged representatives of EUTAW Apollo Senkeeto and a number of UNRA Directors.

These include; Eng. David Luyimbazi, the director for planning, Eng. Ssebugga Kimeze the performing executive director, Joe Ssemugooma the director for finance and Marvin Baryaruha the UNRA legal counsel.

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