Why Did UNRA Ignore Illegal Fuel Procurement for All these Years?

The Acting Director of Finance and Administration at the Roads Authority, ampoule troche Patrick Muhumuza was Thursday asked to explain why it took UNRA 8 years to do proper procurement for fuel.

Since its inception in 2008, medical UNRA had never used the proper procedure of procurement as required by PPDA to contract fuel providers.

However while appearing before the commission, Muhumuza who has served in various procurement capacities said this was due to lack of procurement knowledge by staff, inadequate staffing and less time given to procurement.

“It was justifiable for the process that was in use at the time to go on rather than have procurement delayed” he responded in defence.

Muhumuza was also quizzed on why UNRA went against Shell Uganda’s advice and chose to keep the fuel cards open even when there was an option to restrict them. Failure to restrict these cards allowed staff to draw any amount of fuel from any Shell Uganda station countrywide provided they had the PIN.

He however denied knowledge about these options. “Staff weren’t allowed to draw thousands of litres at once because the contracts we signed didn’t allow them. I imagine officers responsible for doing this gave instruction to staff” said Muhumuza.

The witness claimed that he wasn’t aware that UNRA staff were drawing fuel from anywhere in the country. The commission also queried why Hared Petroleum Ltd was awarded a contract to provide fuel to upcountry UNRA stations yet it didn’t have fuel stations in the regions.

The Assisting counsel to the commission, Mary Kamuli Kuteesa probed; “The solicitation documents required that each bidder has stations in these regions, Hared didn’t but it was evaluated and emerged winner. It’s even said that you had personal friendship with the Hared Petroleum Ltd proprietor but you went ahead to participate in the process”


Muhumuza said Hared Petroleum Ltd won the contract because it agreed to provide fuel through other service providers.

“I declared a conflict of interest but the evaluation committee insisted I participate since there was nobody else to represent PDU” added the witness.

Since May 2013, when an internal audit discovered fraud in the procurement of fuel, UNRA hasn’t conducted any other audit or investigation to establish money lost yet the same informal process has been ongoing.

It’s until August 2015, months after the new Executive Director assumed office that an investigation was initiated. The commission believes that the responsible officers at UNRA sustained the illegal procurement of fuel since 2008 to date to serve their personal interests.

Muhumuza was tasked to avail to the commission site diaries that clearly indicate daily fuel consumption by each UNRA vehicle and the source.

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