Controversy continues to swirl over the vehicle inspection contract being undertaken by Swiss firm SGS.

While appearing before the parliamentary committee of physical infrastructure, officials of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards said they did not certify SGS machines or even check their conformity to standards due to lack of capacity.

Solicitor General Francis Atoke also told the committee that his office only cleared the SGS contract without participation in drafting it.


Government through the works ministry last year signed a contract with SGS aimed at curbing the increasing road carnage and also minimise on environmental pollution by vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition.

The same vehicle inspection deal was recently implemented starting with the central region before it spreads out to up country regions.

In their law suit, the concerned citizens contend that the government already has a motor vehicle inspection project run by the Uganda Police Inspector of Vehicles at Naguru, Jinja, Mbarara and Mbale under the Traffic and Road Safety Act and therefore the deal with SGS is a deliberate move to rob Ugandans of over Shs200 billion paid for several inspection services to enrich an individual company.