Armed Congolese Men Attack Kisoro Border, Shoot UPDF Soldier

The former Director for Planning at UNRA Eng. David Luyimbazi was Thursday tasked to explain why he went against the Auditor General’s advice to postpone overlay works on Kawempe-Kaffu road.

In the 2010 Auditor General’s report made recommendations to UNRA that the resealing works at the time were on a weak base. The Auditor General further recommended that plans be made for complete rehabilitation of the road.

UNRA however went on to procure a consultant to do the supervision and overlay works that cost government 165Bn.

“From an engineering point of view, adiposity it’s prudent to intervene in the early life of a road to prevent even more severe damage. This saves the costs” Luyimbazi explained why the overlay works went on.

Eng. Luyimbazi is also alleged to have made a decision for single sourcing procurement instead of direct procurement.

“It was international bidding and we were following the World Bank regulations of procurement” he claimed.

According to the PPDA Act regulations, single sourcing can only be used if; ‘only limited providers can avail the services’, ‘if time is insufficient’ and ‘if the threshold doesn’t exceed 50M’

Unfortunately none of these exceptions existed in the circumstances at the time.


The commission also quizzed Eng. Luyimbazi why he sought World Bank’s (the funder) approval without permission of contracts committee.

“There wasn’t a contracts committee at the time and we had to get assurance on their commitment. We also didn’t have enough resources” he responded.

The Former Director furthermore approved the extension of works on Kawempe-Kafu road to Kafu-Kiryandongo even before the expiry of the initial contract.

On why it was more expensive for the contractor to supervise a shorter distance, he said: “It is possible given the pushing factors. A shorter distance may be complex for construction”

In his recommendations to the commission, Eng. Luyimbazi asked that road supervision be intensified and that penalties be given to contractors who delay projects.
A Uganda Peoples Defense Forces soldier was on Monday morning shot and injured by armed men from the Democratic Republic of Congo while on a night patrol.

Major Ronald Kakurungu the UPDF Second Division spokesman confirmed the incident and identified the soldier as Joseph Kule attached to Bunyangaro army detach in Kisoro district.

Kule was reportedly on a night patrol at around 3am when they were attacked by armed men suspected to have come from neighboring DRC.

Major Kakurungu says the assailants — five in number – attacked Bujandaro village along the Bwindi National Park road.

While the UPDF soldiers were on foot patrol in the area, pharmacy they bumped into them and in a fire exchange that ensued, thumb Kule was shot in the right leg, while the armed men run away and crossed back to the DRC.

Kakurungu says they couldn’t pursue them beyond the border, but noted that they had established communication with the DRC government to have them traced.

He added that security has since been stepped up along the border.

Major Kakurungu also revealed that that the injured UPDF soldier was showing good signs of recuperation at Kisoro Hospital where he was rushed for treatment.


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