Nasasira Should Answer For UGX 100Bn Loss - Byandala

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Former Works Minister, Eng. Abraham Byandala says by the time the Tororo-Mbale road contract was signed, he had not been posted to the ministry yet.

Engineer Abraham Byandala says his predecessor in the Works Ministry, John Nasasira should explain the loss of 100 billion shillings in the Tororo-Mbale, Mbale-Soroti road.
 
The former Works Minister was appearing before the commission of inquiry onto mismanagement, abuse of office and corrupt practices in Uganda National Roads Authority, chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.

The money which was lost in payment of idle equipment and increase in the scope of work arose from failure by UNRA to avail a detailed design to the contractor and consultant before they began work.
 
According to Byandala, at the time he was appointed Minister of Works which supervises UNRA, the procurement had already been done.
 
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Evidence before the commission also revealed that Byandala lied to the president when he claimed that delays were caused by the consultant, Gibbs Africa Limited.

The construction of the two roads was supposed to have been completed by May 2012 as per contracts, but by that time no civil works had begun.

Mary Kamuli Kuteesa, the commission's counsel says the minister misinformed the president well knowing that the consultant had to do a detailed design, which was not part of his contract.

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Byandala, who is now minister without portfolio accused the commission of unfairness on some of the matters before it.
 
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The 100 billion shilling loss was a result of shilling 30 billion shillings compensation for idle equipment, as well as exaggerated variation of prices to a tune of 60 billion shillings, among others.

 

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