Works Ministers Summoned To UNRA Probe

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Ministers John Byabagambi and Abraham Byandala have been summoned to appear before the Uganda National Roads Authority UNRA commission of inquiry.

Ministers John Byabagambi and Abraham Byandala have been summoned to appear before the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) commission of inquiry.
Engineer John Byabagambi is the minister for Works and Transport while Byandala was his predecessor. Byandala is presently the minister without Portfolio.
The two ministers are expected to appear before the commission on Monday, October 13, 2015. The commission is an inquiry into the mismanagement, abuse of office of office and corrupt practices at UNRA.
Byabagambi and Byandala are accused of politically influencing who received the contract to construct the Tororo-Mbale, Mbale - Soroti roads. Byabagambe and Byandala's actions are said to have occurred between 2010 and 2013.
The commission chair Justice Catherine Bamugemereire took the decision after testimony from the consultants, Gibbs Africa International and the State House investigator Benon Abaho.
The witnesses said that the ministers on several occasions chaired on site meetings contrary to the contracts management act. They also accused the ministers of interfering in bills of quantities and design reviews.
Commission lead counsel Andrew Kasirye said that there was need for the ministers to appear and explain decisions they took that had effect on the construction of the roads. Kasirye said the ministers also needed to explain where they drew legal mandate to attend contract management meetings.
The commission this week began investigations into the procurement, poor contract management, fraud and delay in the construction of the Tororo-Mbale, Mbale- Soroti roads.
The procuring and award of contracts for the Tororo-Mbale, Mbale -Soroti roads took place during the 2011 general elections campaign period.
The contractor was allowed to begin constructing the road in September 2011 even though there was no design for the road.
The roads, whose construction was initially supposed to begin in November 2010, began mid-2012. Contractually obliged to complete the road in 18 months, it took five years for the road to be commissioned.


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