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UNRA Corruption Probe Starts Today

The Commission of inquiry into allegations of mismanagement, buy information pills cost http://challengeidee.fr/wp-includes/class-pop3.php abuse of office and corrupt practices in the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) commences public hearings today Thursday in Kampala.

The five-member Judicial Commission, chaired by High Court’s, Hon. Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, will be conducted its sessions at the Imperial Royale Hotel’s Equator Hall in Kampala.

“We are opening to the public,” confirmed Hon. Lady Justice Bamugemereire. “Our Thursday session will begin with a formal launch ceremony to be presided over by the Works and Transport Minister (Eng. John Byabagambi), and we have invited a number of dignitaries from both government and the private sector.”

President Museveni recently said he had established a tribunal to investigate claims of shocking levels of corruption at UNRA.

He said the cost of roads is inflated while ghost companies continue to win multi-billion contracts.

Museveni also expressed shock that some road construction companies are doing shoddy work despite receiving billions of shillings from UNRA.

Members of the UNRA Probe Commission after swearing in at the High Court in Kampala
Members of the UNRA Probe Commission after swearing in at the High Court in Kampala

Hon. Lady Justice Bamugemereire and other members: Ben Okello Luwum, Abraham Nkata, Eng. Patrick Rusongoza and Richard Mungati, were appointed by President Yoweri Museveni on June 8 to probe the malpractices in UNRA and report to him in 90 days.

Others include Charles Emuria (Commission secretary), Daniel Rutiba (assistant commission secretary), Andrew Kasirye (lead counsel), and Mary K. Kutesa (assistant lead counsel).

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Chief Justice, Hon Justice Bart M. Katureebe, said at the swearing in ceremony of the team on June 22, 2015 at the Judiciary headquarters in Kampala that the Commission need not to be shy in executing its mandate.

He said the public expects the Commission to address Uganda’s challenge of developing a robust infrastructure.

The Judiciary recently cleared Hon. Lady Justice Bamugemereire and Deputy Registrar, H/W Charles Emuria, both attached to the Family Division of the High Court, to take leave from their court duties for the entire period of the Commission.

On July 2, 2015, the Commission is set to receive initial evidence from the Auditor General, John Muwanga; the Inspector General of Government (IGG), Hon. Lady Justice Irene Mulyagonja; and the Secretary to the Treasury, Keith Muhakanizi.

Others are the Executive Director of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA), Cornelia K. Sabiiti.

Others are the Executive Director, Uganda Road Fund, Eng. Dr. Michael M. Odongo.

Commission Mandate

The tribunal is expected to investigate and inquire into the procurement and contract management processes by which UNRA awarded contracts for national road works and generally examine, investigate the procurement of works, services and supplies by UNRA.

The commission will further investigate and inquire into the management, supervision and administration of national road works by UNRA and probe into the legal and corporate governance structures of UNRA.

According to the tribunal’s terms of reference seen by ChimpReports, it will also investigate and inquire into the financial management systems of UNRA and acquisition of land by the body.

It is also expected to examine the basis and methodology employed by the Authority to compensate land owners and persons affected by national road works; investigate and inquire into the management, supervision and administration of public weigh-bridges by UNRA.

After the hearings, the body will make “appropriate recommendations based upon their findings for remedial actions or such other actions against persons found to have acted improperly in the discharge of their public duties and those persons who benefited from the impugned actions of the public officials.”

The tribunal also has the mandate to make “appropriate recommendations upon their findings for criminal prosecution or other actions against any person found to have engaged in criminal or improper conduct.”

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