Byabagambi Admits UNRA Shortfalls, Nasasira Summoned

Governments have been urged to put in place conducive policy, sick legal and regulatory frameworks to support SMEs.

Godfrey Mutabazi the executive director, this Uganda Communications Commission made the call while speaking at the ITU Telecom World 2015 in Budapest, treat Hungary, during the business to government dialogue.

Speaking in reference to his own country, Mutabazi said Uganda has put in place conducive policies, legal and regulatory environment that encourage entrepreneurship and enterprise creation.

He added, “At the macro level, the use of ICTs in Uganda has had a continuous multiplier effect on the economic growth and this is more evident in the area of trade”.

He called fir governments to establish dedicated innovation funds for ICTs sector related innovation to support ICT sector development and also create incubators who are critical in bringing together the skills and enterprise necessary to help sustain and develop ICT related innovations.

The ITU telecom event brings together ministers, regulators, and other government representatives with SMEs, startup and entrepreneurs exhibiting at the event to debate key issues around SME growth to accelerate ICT innovation for social good.

The event under the theme has also attracted exhibitors from Smart Africa Alliance; Uganda, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania, Gabon, Rwanda and exhibitors from China, Azerbaijan, Thailand Zimbabwe, Malawi and Industry players.
The Minister of Works Hon. John Byabagambi has admitted that UNRA is marred with corruption and irregularities which are evidenced in long procurement processes.

Hon Byabagambi who was appearing before the probe commission as a witness on Tuesday said that he was forced to disband the whole Contracts Committee at the roads Authority in 2009.


“There’s no doubt UNRA was/is a young authority that is struggling with lack of capacity, stomach understaffing and managerial challenges” he said.

The Minister also commented on the failure to follow contract procedures by the Authority which he said was abnormal. He mentioned that delays in work progress were the fault of both the contractor who had inadequate and unreliable equipment but also blamed UNRA for not playing their supervision role.

“The contractor [Dott Services] always hid under the inefficiencies of the client to make more profit. General conditions of contract demand that for every delay, healing there’s a cost incurred. You can’t issue a commence letter without strip maps and the design”

Hon. Byabagambi denied being privy to information that the contractor was paid Ugshs 30bn for 509 days of idle equipment instead of 8 months. He further condemned UNRA’s concealment of information from the Solicitor General which resulted into an illegal contract process.

On why UNRA and the Minister appeared to be siding with Dott Services and his failure to push them to deliver, he noted; “My participation was limited to supervision and guidance. What I was interested in as Minister was whether the contractor was on site and progress”

“I am worried about your attitude about contractors. My fear is that under your supervision we may continue to see contractors do shoddy work and get away with it” probed Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the Commission Chair.

However the Minister refuted this claim and said he didn’t know a lot about Dott Services as a company. “I am on record for discrediting contractors who underperform and in this project I didn’t exonerate Dott Services. They ought to have had the required equipment” said the Minister.

Byabagambi promised to fast track the formulation of Regulations guiding UNRA especially land acquisition policies whose absence has always delayed road construction.

Justice Bamugemereire asked that former Works Minister, Hon. John Nasasira also appears before the commission of inquiry since some of the intricacies fall in his time of tenure.

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