President Museveni has established a commission of inquiry to probe corruption, mismanagement and abuse of office at Uganda National Roads Authority.
This was divulged by UNRA Executive Director Allen C Kagina in an internal memo sent to staff members.
“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,” the memo read
The Executive Director requested employees to be cooperative. “Number of us will be required to appear before the Commission to assist in the inquiry. I urge the Directors to ensure that business continues with as little disruption as possible.”
Kagina further cautioned UNRA staff members to deal carefully with agency documentation and information.
“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.”
The Katosi Saga
A company claiming to be Eutaw Construction Company from the US won the sh165b road project, which President Yoweri Museveni launched on July 7 2014.
UNRA cancelled the contract for the 74km Mukono-Katosi road project following orders from the Inspector General of Government who said Eutaw and CICO, a Chinese company subcontracted for the project, colluded to defraud the government of Shs24b in advance payment.
Upon canceling the contract on orders of the IGG, The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) governing board suspended four senior staff, including the then acting executive director, Eng. Ssebugga Kimeze, Director for planning, Eng. David Luyimbazi, Joe Ssemugooma, the director for finance and Marvin Baryaruha, the director for legal.
The Police’s Special Investigations Division (SID) has since interrogated and recorded statements from several UNRA senior staff in connection to the road scam.