EU Demands Govt Action On UNRA Inquest
The Government of Uganda has been asked to punish those implicated by the Justice Catherine Bamugemerirwe inquiry into corruption at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).
Ambassador Kristian Schmidt, the EU Head of Delegation to Uganda has asked for progress of the Inquiry report regarding the repayment and recovery of public funds lost through the fraudulent acts of UNRA officials.
He said this while speaking on behalf of Transport Development Partners Group at the opening of the 12th Uganda Joint Transport Sector Review in Kampala, arguing that it is urgent to fix the procurement processes at UNRA.
However, in May, the country’s President Yoweri Museveni directed the Inspector General of Government (IGG) and the director of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (CIID) to immediately start “hunting down” whoever was implicated in the misappropriation of at least Shs4 trillion for road works, a revelation contained in the final report.
The 1,300-page report recommended criminal sanctions against at least 90 people as well as recovery of assets.
Justice Bamugemereire, while presenting the report, specifically underlined “ the high cost of construction of roads” in the country which she said when benchmarked with countries in the region is exorbitant.
The report also revealed that of the Shs9 trillion, at least Shs4 trillion was “misappropriated” in dubious deals notably through collusion between UNRA staff and contractors.