IGG to probe UNRA recruitment

IGG to probe UNRA recruitment

By Serestino Tusingwire

The Inspector General of Government has launched investigations into alleged corruption in the recent recruitment of staff at the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).

IGG Justice Irene Mulyagonja says the investigations were set in motion following a complaint by a whistleblower.

In June 2016 the UNRA Executive Director Allen Kagina terminated the contracts of at least 80 members of staff, some of whom were under investigation by the Commission of Inquiry led by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.

Later, UNRA was restructured and some more positions were created while others were phased out in an effort to clean up the authority whose name had been tainted by accusations of corruption and other malpractices.

All the positions were advertised and the incumbent staff advised to re-apply.

However, on 20th August, 2016, a whistleblower wrote to the Inspector General of Government (IGG) raising a concern that the recruitment process had not been transparent.

The whistleblower also accused the roads authority of unfairness and hostility against some suppliers and other contractors so as to favour some Chinese companies win the tenders.

The Inspector General of Government, Justice Irene Mulyagonjja has confirmed that the inspectorate received the whistleblower’s complaints and investigations launched.