Museveni Cautions Thieves in Regional Railway Project.

President Yoweri Museveni has vowed not to tolerate any corruption cases in the looming Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Project.

The president told a committee of parliament that the country had no luxury of waiting for protracted investigations into the project and that other regional partners would not keep waiting for Uganda.

“We have the human capacity to work on the railway project. We need technical collaboration to implement it. Uganda has Engineers from the Engineering Brigade, who are available to roll out the railway project. We need this railway running from Kenya through Uganda to South Sudan and to Rwanda,  ” he said.

He was meeting with a delegation of the Special Parliamentary Committee on the Standard Gauge Railway,  at State House in Entebbe.

The committee was set up in November last year by Speaker of Parliament Hon Rebecca Kadaga, to investigate issues surrounding the procurement process of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

This followed a motion in parliament calling for a Select Committee to investigate, among others, the actions of the Minister of State for Works and all other officials involved in the procurement of all companies involved in the project.

MPs argue the project’s cost was recently raised from $8bn to $11bn under mysterious circumstances and that the procurement process leading to the awarding of the contract to Chinese firm China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) was done in secrecy after edging out China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

The President Museveni used the Thursday meeting to expound on a number of issues pertaining to the progress of the project.

He said the China Harbours and Engineering Company had secured the railway project contract which would be implemented at a width of 1.435 meters.

Museveni added that Government had done research in railway construction and made comparisons with other countries before deciding on the way forward.

He observed that Uganda has got similar land terrain to a number of countries such as India, Brazil, Indonesia, and Malaysia and that data acquired from such places can be used to gauge accuracy of construction costs.

He revealed that divulgence of any information pertaining to allegations of corruption during the procurement process would not be let out until the prosecution process by the Inspector General of Government (IGG) is completed.

He said that he had revealed information to the members of the Special Parliamentary Committee on the Standard Gauge Railway so that it would be used appropriately.


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