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EXCLUSIVE: The Story Behind The Sacking Of UNRA Boss Ssebanakitta

viagra sale http://conceptbath.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-upgrader-skins.php geneva; font-size: small;”>The board said Ssebanakitta must be sacked from his position and not re-appointed for the next term, store a move that was accepted by President Yoweri Museveni and Abraham Byandala, what is ed Minister of Works and Transport.

UNRA board on September 28 asked Byandala to appoint a new Executive Director basing on the fact that Ssebanakitta had scored 64 per cent below the required 70 per cent assessment which was an ultimatum for him to retain his job and position.

Byandala has already sought Ssebanakitta’s replacement but is only waiting for the letter of acceptance before his identity is revealed to the public.

However, we have discovered that Ssebanakitta’s case is related to the allegedly US $10m fraud involving other top managers at UNRA in 2011.

It’s important to note that in September 2011, Police opened a case against senior managers of UNRA alleging that they fraudulently awarded a $10m contract to questionable Chinese Company to build the new Entebbe Express Road.

“UNRA officers handpicked a company called China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) to design and build Entebbe Express Road without competitive bidding as required by the procurement laws of this country,” a brief to President Museveni reads in part.

Police further said UNRA allegedly hurried to sign an agreement for this contact even against the advice of its own legal officer, but unfortunately, he later bowed to pressure from the Executive Director – Ssebanakitta and Director of Planning, David Luyimbazi who threatened him with dismissal.

“Ministry of Finance which is supposed to assess economic viability of such projects had not even approved of it. Former Minister of Works and Transport, John Nasasira and then Finance Minister, Syda Bbumba presided over this,” the presidential brief adds.

Although UNRA claims to have been cleared by PPDA and the Solicitor General to zero on CCCC, the clearance was obtained after the Local representative of CCCC, Li Jian Bin reportedly ‘sweet talked’ officers in these organizations.

It is allegedly said the contract was hurriedly signed without mandatory evaluation and appraisal of the project by Ministry of Finance which was supposed to assess the economic viability of such projects, check whether price is compliant and carry out environmental impact assessment and cost of settling displaced persons.

Other accusations were that CCCC could not handle the job and that the cost of the road construction had been grossly inflated.

“The cost of the road is over exaggerated. The tax payer is paying $9m per kilometer. Can UNRA and CCCC justify this price? Although the Northern bypass may not be the best road ever constructed it cost only $2.5m per kilometer. This therefore means that $9m per km is very expensive even if the rise in the cost of materials is factored in.”

However, UNRA publicist Dan Alinange recently told Chimp Corps that this is a design and build project financed using a concessional loan from China EXIM Bank and counterpart funding from the Government of Uganda.

He said there would be value for money considering that “the project works shall only progress once the Employer has reviewed and satisfied themselves with the project design; the project will be implemented according to the final detailed engineering design as approved by the Employer, and; once agreement on the contract price is reached, any changes shall be effected by way of an addendum to the conditional commercial agreement to be signed by the parties.”

The project works cost is estimated at US$476milion with EXIM Bank providing a loan of $350million while the Government of Uganda counterpart funding is estimated at $126 million.

The Kampala-Entebbe Expressway is a 51.4km dual carriageway starting from Kampala city at the Northern Bypass Busega roundabout and ending at Entebbe airport with a spur to Munyonyo.

This project will comprise construction of a 4 – lane dual carriageway of 37.23km road connecting Kampala North Bypass at Busega with the existing Kampala – Entebbe road at Abayita Abababiri; and 14.13 km road connecting Munyonyo through Lweza.

THINGS FALL APART

Nevertheless, it is alleged Ssebanakitta together with Nasasira, lied to Parliament that CCCC helped Uganda to secure the loan from the government of China to fund the project, as a precondition for the contract.

It is said UNRA had kept the agreement signed with Li Jian Bin under key-and-Lock.

“According to the terms of this dubious agreement, the government of Uganda was to start paying CCCC money six months after signing of the deal. Already, the government had started paying Li Jian Bin money even before the takes over the site,” Museveni was told.

It was also alleged that the company UNRA had picked for this job had been disqualified from paving rural roads for lack of experience and submitting false documents.

The Police report indicated that on January 27, 2011, the World Bank and UNRA rejected this company’s bid to tarmac Vura-Arua-Oraba and Gulu-Atiak roads because CCCC submitted false documents to try to win the contract.

It was discovered then that CCCC used the profile of another company called China Road and Bridge Company – a debarred company.

While UNRA claims mafia groups tried to sabotage the project, that has already seen hundreds compensated to allow the smooth construction of the road, informed sources say Ssebanakitta’s fate was sealed after Museveni learnt of these dubious deals with contractors.

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