Parliament to Audit UNRA Sh138bn Contract over Smuggled Pages

Parliamentary Committee on Statutory Authorities and State Enterprise (COSASE) has ordered an audit of a Sh138billion contract signed between Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) and Chongqing International Construction Company (CICO)

During interface with UNRA officials, case the committee chaired by MP Abdu Katuntu found that some pages were smuggled into the contract which were never discussed and agreed upon by both parties.

The MPs were looking into queries raised in the engineering audit report conducted by a consultant auditor on a sample of roads under the stewardship of UNRA.

The evaluation report further found out that the dates when the contract was signed were differing as well as the font size on the pages which raised confusion among members calling for a legal audit to find out the truth.

According to UNRA, the contract was signed on August 2, 2011 but the progress report indicated that the contract was signed on September 2, 2011.

Former UNRA Director for Planning, Eng. David Luyimbazi told MPs that pages might have been smuggled in during editing by and certain information was added before signing.

The current UNRA Executive Director, Allen Kagina told the committee that while the then legal officer, William Tumwine was headed to give the last quality assurance on the contract, he found out that the contentious page didn’t posses signatures as opposed to other pages in the contract.

Katuntu noted that the committee will put its effort to find out the exact reasons behind the insertion of such a page which would serious change the contents of the contract leading to loss of money.

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