Parliament’s committee on commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises has tasked the executive director of Uganda National Roads Authority, Allen Kagina to explain the delayed works on the construction of Kamwenge-Fort Portal Road.
According to Eng Muhozi, the road is at 85%. He says that the delay is partly due to both on UNRA who had to secure right of way and the contractor who didn’t mobilise equipment on time.
The UNRA Executive director, Allen Kagina also acknowledged that there were a number of weaknesses on part of UNRA, contractor and consultant but said that they have recollected them since then.
Officials led by Kagina were appearing before the committee answer audit queries highlighted in the 2014-2015 Auditor General’s Report.
Considering audit report on upgrading of Kamwenge-Fort portal road(65km) at UGX 117.9bn by China Railway Seventh Group, the Auditor General raised a number of issues.
The Auditor General reported faulted the procurement process involved prequalification of bidders before final bidding of works.
However, Kagina says that the 2nd stage of procurement process was delayed until 11th July 2013 due to verification of information related to experience.
She added that the 2nd stage of procurement process was delayed until 11th July 2013 due to verification of information related to experiences.
Auditor General reported that the contractor undertook casting of pier cap at Mitaano Bridge at night without notifying engineer
The Auditor General also reported that the contractor undertook casting of pier cap at Mitaano Bridge at night without notifying engineer. The Auditor General also faulted UNRA for hiring a design and build contractor but Eng Kimeze says they were under pressure.
The matter raised by Kibaale county MP Eng.Cuthbert Abigaba questioned why UNRA has failed to complete the road, whose set deadline was January this year.
Kagina blamed this to the late and inadequate release of funds by Ministry of finance which she says has led to delay in implementation of road projects.
” In first quarter we expected a release of UGX 77bn. We got only 47bn leaving a balance of UGX 30bn”, Kagina added.
MP Mirembe noted that the quality of this road is not good. It is so narrow even two vehicles can not easily pass at one.
To this MP Abigaba called for a forensic audit on the road works done so far to determine whether there is value for over Shs 120bn given to Chinese Railway Seventh Group Company (CRSG) to construct the road.