UNRA Probe Begins

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The first witnesses in the probe included; John Muwanga, the Auditor General, Engineer Moses Odong, Executive Director of UNRA and Kakooza Ssabiti ,Executive Director the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA).

The judiciary commission of inquiry that was set up last month by President Yoweri Museveni to inquire into the mismanagement, abuse of office and corruption within the Uganda National Road Authority (UNRA) started work today.

The commission chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire is mandated to investigate and probe the working of UNRA in three months and come up with a report containing recommendations.

According to Justice Bamugemeire, the commission will investigate and inquire into the procurement processes by UNRA, acquisition of land by UNRA and examine the basis and methodology employed by authority to compensate affected person, management, supervision and administration of national road works and public weighbridges.
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Speaking at the start of the inquiry, the minister of Works and Transport, John Byabagambe  asked the commission to ensure completion of the investigations and a release of the report within the set time frame.
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The first witnesses in the probe included; John Muwanga, the Auditor General, Engineer Moses Odong, Executive Director of UNRA and Kakooza Ssabiti ,Executive Director the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA).

The commission will from today (Thursday) begin reviewing the documents until next week when the public hearing begins.

The Inspector General of Government (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja says despite the fact that close to 20 percent of the national budget is allocated to the authority annually, there is little to show on ground and thus the need to probe.

The IGG has recorded 76 complaints against officials of UNRA between 2011 and 2015  with some of them still being investigated.

Of the 76, 22 were for abuse of office, 14 for irregular procurement, 15 none payment of compensation, 15 undervaluation of property among others.