The ongoing UNRA Probe has queried the inconsistencies in the procurement process of consultancy services during the Hoima – Kaiso – Tonya road project.
The commission of inquiry on Thursday cited failure to follow the required procurement procedures by the contracts committee of UNRA.
In the said project, approved http://conforms.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-product-external.php the contracts committee approved procurement of the MAPCON Consultancy Limited.
The commission also discovered that the process of procurement took 25 months longer than the required duration (maximum 12 months).
MAPCO Ltd was the only bidder for procurement but was ‘technically ineligible’ due to missing some documents. UNRA wrote to the consultancy company in question but even after its delayed response, MAPCON was awarded the contract.
“Had I been heading procurement at the time, I wouldn’t have allowed MAPCON to the next stage” testified Sambwa
Asked whether the Department guarantees that such scenarios wouldn’t reoccur, Sambwa responded: “This scenario happened two years after UNRA’s inception. UNRA has learnt lessons overtime and our capabilities in procurement are growing and so are the consultants.”
Eng. Sambwa committed to ensuring integrity is built within his department so to restore public confidence.
He also said 2 separate bodies have been formed to adjudicate bids and their reports will be compared by the contracts committee.
The Commission also queried Mr. Patrick Muhumuza the Director Finance and Administration for the approval by the evaluation committee of 3 firms in absence of criteria.
Muhumuza was chairing the contracts committee at the time.
He agreed that there were mishaps in the process and minutes to some meetings were missing.
The commission tasked Muhumuza to re appear to clarify on the unresolved issues.
Members of Parliament have been given a staggering Shs 100m each to cater for the “increase” in pump price of petrol and diesel in the recent time.
It started as rumors at the start the of this week that MPs were receiving Shs 100m different from salaries and allowances that is between Shs 22m and Shs 25m per month for each legislator depending on the distance from Kampala.
ChimpReports has now learnt that all MPs with account numbers at Equity, visit http://cmlsociety.org/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/classes/em-people.php Barclays and DFCU Banks have already received the said amount and those in Stanbic and Centenary Bank will be getting there’s before the end of this week.
The Government Chief Whip, sale http://celesteanddanielle.com/wp-content/plugins/google-analyticator/google-api-php-client/src/io/google_rest.php Ruth Nankabirwa confirmed the development on Thursday saying there no secrecy in the money being sent since it is to cover for the fuel arrears that have accumulated for some years.
“There is no mystery in the money MPs are getting. The 100m is going to the accounts of all not only NRM members and directly for the fuel arrears,” Nankabirwa said.
Nankabirwa however did not enter into details referring the media to the Parliamentary Commission that is responsible for the matter.
“I am not in position to tell you people more. It is the Parliamentary Commission handling thing and they can explain it better.” Nakabirwa added.
When contacted, the Parliamentary Commissioner, Rose Akol remained tightlipped on the development and also referred this reporter to the Public Relation department.
Meanwhile when reached, the acting Public Relations Manager, Moses Bwalatum said he is not aware if monies has be deposited to the MPs accounts already but immediately added it was due to be given since the legislators have been grappling with the increased fuel prices.
“I am not yet aware if the money has entered their accounts but they are supposed to get it. Fuel prices have gone up for the last five years and members have been squeezing into their pockets to meet the price increase.” Mr. Bwalatum said.
“MPs are always expected in their constituencies to consult their people on legislative matters and enough fuel is significant for these responsibilities.”
According to the policy statement (budget paper) for Parliament for the financial year 2015/2016, the monthly allowances for MPs that used to be computed at Shs 2500 per liter climbed to Shs 3,800 per liter.
We also understand negotiations have been going on between Parliament and the ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development to find money for the said arrears.
It is not clear how the Parliamentary Commission arrived at a uniform Shs 100m for the arrears since MPs come from different arrears hence different distances from Kampala.