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UNRA PROBE: How Gov’t Lost Shs2 bn in Ferry Procurement

The commission set up by President Museveni to investigate the fraudulent dealings within the Uganda National Roads Authority was on Tuesday shocked by a revelation of how government lost over Shs 2bn in procurement of a ferry that was meant to be used on Lake Kyoga.

According to Eng. Herbert Mutyaba, information pills pharm Acting Manager Mechanical Services in UNRA (previously mechanical engineer for ferries), page search he was part of the evaluation team that recommended that a new ferry be procured to be used on L. Kyoga.

Eng. Mutyaba told the commission that 7 companies submitted their bids to supply the ferry to UNRA.

These included Dutch Med international, Damen Ship Yards BV, Sykes Marine Limited, Gumatex Enterprises, African Development Incorporation and Earth Wise Limited.

“At the first evaluation stage, two companies among them Damen Ship yards BV and another were rejected for being non-compliant and only five companies remained in the bidding process,” Eng. Mutyaba told the commission.

The 39-year-old engineer said the first two companies were not considered because their documents were not authentic as most of the information had just been downloaded from their websites which was unacceptable.


The engineer told the commission that after two more evaluation stages, they came up with Dutch Med International and Damen Ship Yards BV – both from Netherlands as the successful bidders yet the latter had been kicked out in the first evaluation stage.


Accordingly, Dutch Med International had budgeted for a total of 1.4 Million Euros (Shs4.28Bn – then exchange rate) whereas Damen Ship yards BV (that eventually won the contract) was to supply the ferry at 2.2 Million Euros (Shs6.37Bn).

“As a team, we were satisfied that Damen Ship Yards BV were the best financially and technically and we awarded them the contract,” Eng. Mutyaba told the commission.

According to the findings of the commission, the Dutch company that won the contract should not have been in position to do so after being knocked out in the first evaluation stage yet it was charging Shs2bn more than Dutch Med International.

He further revealed that UNRA carried out a re-evaluation for all companies that had not gone through the three stages and that’s how Damen Ship Yards BV came back to the bidding process after being knocked out in the first place.

Ferry Taken to another Destination

The commission was again shocked to hear that the ferry that had been purchased to be used on Lake Kyoga was however diverted and finally delivered to Obongi in West Nile.

Eng. Mutyaba however denied having a hand in the diversion of the new ferry from its original destination to Obongi .

Mix up

According to Eng. Retrid Kiiza, who was the chairperson of the evaluation committee, the bidding documents for the ferry were mixed up and he later realized there were different versions.

The retired engineer said UNRA had a lot of disorganization in all its committees which often led to loss of huge sums of money.

The engineer also told the committee that the ferry supposed to be taken to Lake Kyoga was later delivered to Obongi but was more expensive than what they had wanted to buy.

“It must have been forces outside UNRA that decided that the ferry goes to Obongi other than L. Kyoga,” Eng. Kiiza  told the commission.

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