President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the executive director of the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), Allen Kagina to award the road construction contract for Rukungiri-Kihihi-Ishasha/Kanungu road to the best bidding company.
Museveni made the directive on Friday while addressing over 100 youth from Kanungu District at Mackinnon Suites in Kampala. The youth under their umbrella association, Kanungu Youth Development Association (KAYODEA) had converged for a get-together dinner.
Museveni made the pronouncement after receiving several complaints from the youths and Minister Chris Baryomunsi about the delay to construct the road. The youth said the road has become a campaign weapon for those against NRM.
Baryomunsi told the President that despite the fact that the funds to tarmac the road were secured in 2014, UNRA has failed to conclude the awarding of the contract.
“After screening the bids, UNRA awarded the contract to the best company but M/S Dott Services Limited challenged the bidding process in court. Later the executive director of UNRA, Allen Kagina cancelled the process,” Baryomunsi said.
New Vision learnt that Zhongmei Engineering Group had been selected for the contract.
In a letter dated March 29 which New Vision saw, Kagina said the procurement bids had been rejected in accordance with Section 75 of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act 2003. She did not however give the reason for rejecting the bid.
Museveni said he didn’t want any further delays to the road project. He said Dott Services Limited should sort itself. Uganda has recently been accused of delaying to put donor money to use.
Museveni also promised to address the issue of electricity shortage in Kanungu.
The association’s patron, Sam Renzeho told the President that the youth under KAYODEA were rebels against poverty in the district and were ready to confront anyone including local politicians propagating it.
They promised to work with Museveni and his government to transform Kanungu.