M7 Blames UNRA Over World Bank loan suspension

M7 Blames UNRA Over World Bank loan suspension

By Serestino Tusingwire

President Museveni has thrown the blame of World Bank’s suspension of loans to Uganda at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), saying former corrupt officials at UNRA caused the trouble.

Museveni said this during celebrations to mark the International Day of the Elderly at Bishop Flynn Secondary School in Pader Town council, Pader District, at the weekend.

He said the laxity by corrupt officials at UNRA to assess the impact of stone blasting on the environment during the construction of the Shs120 billion 66.2-kilometre Kamwenge-Fort Portal road was the main reason for the suspension of the loans.

“There were several thieves in UNRA. For example in Kamwenge District, corrupt officials did not supervise the contractor who blasted stones within the community in contravention of the environment laws,” Museveni said.

He noted that despite the local community complaining of being affected by the stones blasted, some of the corrupt officials paid a deaf ear.

Recently, World Bank withheld more than $1.5 billion (Shs5 trillion) in lending for many projects until further notice as it reviews the projects it is funding in the country.

Museveni however blamed the Bank, saying the suspension came at a time when the ‘thieves’ in UNRA had already been fired.

“I think officials at World Bank don’t read news. They should have known that before the suspension, those corrupt officials had been sacked. I even complained to the World Bank president about that,” Museveni said.

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