Former Works Minister, medications http://celiac-disease.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-menus-v1-1-endpoint.php John Nasasira has for the first time publicly spoken out on the numerous illegal procurements which were recently discovered by the ongoing investigation into UNRA, generic saying the mess was accessioned by the “unnecessary” and “bureaucratic procedures” introduced by the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets (PPDA) law.
“I am opposed to this procurement procedure because it has often times stalled road projects as a result of administrative reviews and the many actors involved who tend to derail the process hiding under the guise of the law. The tendering process itself takes half of a financial year,” observed Nasasira.
The current ICT Minister worked in the Works docket for over a decade.
He told the UNRA probe commission in Kampala on Friday that, “It appears that when the PPDA law was being formulated it was crafted to cater for procurement of goods like stationery, office materials but not civil works.”
Nasasira wants UNRA to carry out adequate due diligence on contractors who bid falsely and later do shoddy work.
He lashed out at funding agencies such as World Bank for imposing rigid terms on clients making it hard to terminate contracts in case of incompetence.
“We sacked a supervising engineer on the Nebbi – Pakwach road project who wasn’t doing his work. I was shocked how a 72-year-old was evaluated and trusted with such an obligation. Since this company, China Henan International Cooperation (CHICO) was owned by the Chinese government, we engaged them and they sent another one.”
He explained that he was told by the Chinese Ambassador that it was another firm masquerading as CHICO.
The contractor was blacklisted for two years but later awarded another contract by World Bank despite the Minister’s rejection.
The Chairperson of the probe committee, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire asked; “Why should Ugandans pay Shs 6.7bn in over runs to World Bank for a road which failed even before completion?”
“It’s Uganda’s fault, not World Bank because the works were certified by UNRA upon completion,” replied Eng. Nasasira.
There has been a tendency of influence peddling in UNRA by Ministers to do projects with some even chairing site meetings.
Former Works Minister Hon. Abraham Byandala at one point ordered the transfer of supervision of contracts from Directorates at UNRA claiming they weren’t competent enough.
“Roads are very sensitive politically because when projects get derailed, politicians will intervene due to public outcry. But there’s need to separate the role of the Minister from management and the Board,” said Nasasira.
He noted that the involvement of a Minister in the running of UNRA can’t be overlooked but insisted it should be supervisory.
“However, in case of emergencies such as El Ninos, the Minister should have the power to direct UNRA to make an immediate intervention.”
Nasasira expressed dissatisfaction towards the current composition of the Board at UNRA, saying it does not represent all stakeholders such as transporters.
Corruption on weigh bridges
The Minister admitted that during his tenure at the Transport Ministry he received complaints about extortion of money by UNRA staff at weighbridges.
“In October 2009, I asked the Police to carry out a simultaneous operation on all weigh bridges in order to ascertain the corruption allegations. I further initiated an inquiry into this whose report affirmed that corruption was indeed ongoing.”
The report cited extortion from truck drivers who had overloaded, trucks not being weighed, abuse of office, an outdated Road Safety Act which required amendment.
Nasasira told the commission that action was taken, among them eliminating sections of the Act that encouraged fines for overloading as well as negotiating in court.
CCTV cameras were also introduced at the weighbridges to step up supervision and record keeping in dealing with errant staff.
President Museveni has described as “blocked pipes”, cheap http://darkfey-temple.org/wp-includes/class-feed.php Uganda’s opposition politicians whom he said cannot deliver services to the people unless they join the mainstream ruling NRM party.
Museveni who was addressing a rally at Apokor Primary school playgrounds in Tororo North county, medications http://cgt06.fr/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints.php Tororo district on Friday evening said the opposition politicians have no power and it is only government that can best provide for the people.
He cited the area FDC Member of Parliament Geoffrey Ekanya whom he said has never done anything for his area because he is far from the centre of power and receives nothing to give back to the people.
“He does not do anything for you and is like a blocked pipe. In fact I have never seen him come to me yet I am the one with money that he can use to develop your area,” Museveni said.
The president said it would be good if the people chose wisely and voted for the ruling NRM candidates as these are in position to talk to him about the needs of the areas and be able to develop them accordingly.
“Because you voted for an opposition member of parliament, whatever development you see here is done because I just imagine having been to this area in 1979 while fighting Idi Amin.”
The NRM presidential candidate however said he was happy that the area was seriously involved in agriculture.
He said to alleviate poverty through farming; people must employ better farming techniques like use of fertilizers.
“I have seen wherever I was passing that you have very big plots of land ploughed properly on the side ways which is a good practice but you need to introduce the use of fertilizers and you would get better results.”
Museveni noted that government has started building a fertilizers plant from phosphates which were recently discovered in the area.
The President said this would make it cheap for farmers to use fertilizers.
He however warned the locals against land fragmentation which he said is not a good practice.
The president said government has finalised plans to divide the constituency into two but that the idea was meeting resistance from some factions.
He said both the Japadhola and Itesot are yet to agree on the terms of splitting the district.