Auditor General Roots for Prosecution in UNRA Misdeeds

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One of the outstanding findings by COSASE was the confession by Chinese contractors for trading in Shillings 47 billion meant for compensating project affected persons. The Committee compelled the contractors to refund the money.

The Auditor General, John Muwanga has advised against carrying out a special audit of all projects under Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA.

 
According to Muwanga, what is needed is progression into investigations and prosecution of implicated officials since his office blew the lead on past scandals in the Authority.

 
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His statement follows recommendations by the Committee of Commission, Statutory Authorities and Enterprises-COSASE calling for an audit of all UNRA projects.
 

In December last year, the Abdu Katuntu led Committee presented a report in parliament showing rot in several road projects across the country. While presenting the report, Katuntu described UNRA as extremely sick.

"Whatever can go wrong in an institution indeed went wrong in UNRA. Fraud coupled with incompetency was the order of the day. Any achievement was more of an accident than deliberate," he said.

 
The report noted that although the Auditor General sampled a few projects managed by UNRA, all projects were riddled with gross management challenges hence the need for an audit into all projects.

 
However, Muwanga observes that much as they would like to carry out those instructions, his office is constrained because of limited resources.

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One of the outstanding findings by COSASE was the confession by Chinese contractors for trading in Shillings 47 billion meant for compensating project affected persons. The Committee compelled the contractors to refund the money.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.