Roads Authority Probe Inquiry Kicks Off in Kampala

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The Commission of Inquiry into alleged mismanagement of roads funds and corrupt practices at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) is set commence public hearings.

The Commission of Inquiry into alleged  mismanagement roads funds and corrupt practices at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) is set commence public hearings.
According to the judiciary statement, the probe led by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire commences its inquiry from Thursday 2nd July.  The hearings are be conducted from Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.
 Justice Bamugemereire confirmed that the public hearing beginning on Thursday morning will begin with a formal launch ceremony to be presided over by the Works and Transport Minister, John Byabagambi.
The Bamugemereire-Commission of Inquiry was appointed by President Museveni on 8th June this year to investigate the malpractices in Uganda National Roads Authority report to him in three months.
Justice Bamugemerire will be assisted by Ben Okello Luwum, Abraham Nkata, Eng. Patrick Rusongoza and Richard Mungati.
Others on the Commission include , Charles Emuria  who will serve as commission secretary,  Daniel Rutiba , the assistant commission secretary.
City lawyer  Andrew Kasirye will be the lead counsel assisted by one  Mary K. Kutesa.  
Solomon Muyita Senior Communications Officer with the judiciary says the Commission will begin with receiving initial evidence from the Auditor General, John Muwanga; the Inspector General of Government, Justice Irene Mulyagonja; and the Secretary to the Treasury, Keith Muhakanizi.
Other evidence is expected to be received from the Executive Director of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA), Cornelia Sabiiti and the Executive Director, Uganda Road Fund, Michael Odongo.
The Commission is mandated with investigating and inquiring into the procurement and contract management processes by which UNRA awarded contracts for national road works.
It is to generally examine, investigate the procurement of works, services and supplies by Uganda National Roads Authority among others.
It comes just after several roads scandals including the controversial Mukono Katosi road on which billions of shillings were lost to a ghost construction firm.