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The Executive Director PPDA, sickness http://colourtherapy.com.au/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/i18n/states/es.php Ms Cornelia Kakooza Sabiiti has told the probe committee into UNRA that the entity failed to disclose key information which led to a botched procurement of works services (staged reconstruction) for Tororo – Mbale, http://clearskinconcierge.com/acne/wp-includes/random_compat/random_bytes_libsodium_legacy.php Mbale- Soroti road.

The contract was signed between UNRA and M/S Dott Services (contractor) on October 22 2010 at a contract price of Shs 30bn.

Ms Cornelia said then UNRA Executive Director Eng. Sebugga Kimeze wrote several letters to PPDA expressing need to approve variations in the scope of works.

“We realized that percentage increments were excessive (up to 109 percent) and we wrote to UNRA asking that they provide additional information,” she told the commission.

In a letter dated July 31 2013, Kimeze wrote to PPDA further seeking approval of addendum 3.

The ED in his letter stressed that there was public outcry about the deteriorating road and that the President had also expressed concern.

Among other issues, Kimeze told PPDA that the road carriage way had increased from 6 metres to 9 metres thus causing variation in quantities.

As a result of the increase in scope of work, and revision of unit rates, the contract price for Tororo-Mbale shot from Shs 30,285,508,100 to Shs 63,804,103,548 with a variation of 110.7 percent.

While the contract price for Mbale-Soroti increased from Shs. 46,083,277,750  to Shs. 108,124,833,428 with a variation of 134.6 percent.

However M/s Gibb Africa Ltd (consultant) wrote to UNRA advising that the road width variations were unfounded and therefore didn’t necessitate contract variations.

Gibbs further explained that quantities were mere estimates and did not justify increase in contract time.

“UNRA did not avail this letter to us. This gives a different picture on variations from what the ED gave us. The escalation rate advised by UNRA was different from that provided by the consultant,” said Kakooza.

“The Accounting Officer has a duty of good faith to present all information for PPDA’s approval. I am not in position to say UNRA was acting in the interest of government given that it concealed such information,” she added.

Over payment 

The commission also learnt that PPDA had no knowledge of overpayment of Shs 30bn which was paid to Dott Services (contractor) for delays since the consultant hadn’t commenced work.

The PPDA ED attributed this to poor planning by UNRA adding that there was no reason to procure a contractor yet there was nobody to supervise them.

She told the commission that effective March 3 2014, PPDA removed powers from government entities to approve contract variations above 25 percent.

The Solicitor General, Mr. Christopher Gashirabake who also appeared as a witness before the commission faulted UNRA for going against the law and hiding important information.

He submitted that he had no knowledge that the contract he cleared was based on invalid bids that had expired.

“We take what UNRA tells us, unless we get contrary information. This is because they are the ones who deal with these contractors.”

He further noted that UNRA to approve a Shs 108bn contract was unconstitutional and promised to seek the intervention of Police, the Auditor General and the Director of Public Prosecution into the matter.

The commission chair Her Lordship Justice Catherine Bamugemereire asked; “What penalties are UNRA employees found culpable likely to face according to the law? Are they subjected to the Anti Corruption law?”

“They are likely to face criminal charges, have their contracts terminated or not renewed. And since they are public officers, they are liable to the Anti-Corruption law,” responded the Solicitor General.

He further mentioned that former UNRA employees are subject to facing the law and be charged in court.

Mr Gashirabake also said contractors have penalties like being blacklisted from any public procurement.
The Executive Director PPDA, doctor http://cizgisactasarim.com/wp-includes/ms-default-filters.php Ms Cornelia Kakooza Sabiiti has told the probe committee into UNRA that the entity failed to disclose key information which led to a botched procurement of works services (staged reconstruction) for Tororo – Mbale, link Mbale- Soroti road.

The contract was signed between UNRA and M/S Dott Services (contractor) on October 22 2010 at a contract price of Shs 30bn.

Ms Cornelia said then UNRA Executive Director Eng. Sebugga Kimeze wrote several letters to PPDA expressing need to approve variations in the scope of works.

“We realized that percentage increments were excessive (up to 109 percent) and we wrote to UNRA asking that they provide additional information, malady ” she told the commission.

In a letter dated July 31 2013, Kimeze wrote to PPDA further seeking approval of addendum 3.

The ED in his letter stressed that there was public outcry about the deteriorating road and that the President had also expressed concern.

Among other issues, Kimeze told PPDA that the road carriage way had increased from 6 metres to 9 metres thus causing variation in quantities.

As a result of the increase in scope of work, and revision of unit rates, the contract price for Tororo-Mbale shot from Shs 30,285,508,100 to Shs 63,804,103,548 with a variation of 110.7 percent.

While the contract price for Mbale-Soroti increased from Shs. 46,083,277,750  to Shs. 108,124,833,428 with a variation of 134.6 percent.

However M/s Gibb Africa Ltd (consultant) wrote to UNRA advising that the road width variations were unfounded and therefore didn’t necessitate contract variations.

Gibbs further explained that quantities were mere estimates and did not justify increase in contract time.

“UNRA did not avail this letter to us. This gives a different picture on variations from what the ED gave us. The escalation rate advised by UNRA was different from that provided by the consultant,” said Kakooza.

“The Accounting Officer has a duty of good faith to present all information for PPDA’s approval. I am not in position to say UNRA was acting in the interest of government given that it concealed such information,” she added.

Over payment 

The commission also learnt that PPDA had no knowledge of overpayment of Shs 30bn which was paid to Dott Services (contractor) for delays since the consultant hadn’t commenced work.

The PPDA ED attributed this to poor planning by UNRA adding that there was no reason to procure a contractor yet there was nobody to supervise them.

She told the commission that effective March 3 2014, PPDA removed powers from government entities to approve contract variations above 25 percent.

The Solicitor General, Mr. Christopher Gashirabake who also appeared as a witness before the commission faulted UNRA for going against the law and hiding important information.

He submitted that he had no knowledge that the contract he cleared was based on invalid bids that had expired.

“We take what UNRA tells us, unless we get contrary information. This is because they are the ones who deal with these contractors.”

He further noted that UNRA to approve a Shs 108bn contract was unconstitutional and promised to seek the intervention of Police, the Auditor General and the Director of Public Prosecution into the matter.

The commission chair Her Lordship Justice Catherine Bamugemereire asked; “What penalties are UNRA employees found culpable likely to face according to the law? Are they subjected to the Anti Corruption law?”

“They are likely to face criminal charges, have their contracts terminated or not renewed. And since they are public officers, they are liable to the Anti-Corruption law,” responded the Solicitor General.

He further mentioned that former UNRA employees are subject to facing the law and be charged in court.

Mr Gashirabake also said contractors have penalties like being blacklisted from any public procurement.
At the Kampala High Court, viagra http://collegenotester.com/applications/dashboard/views/error.master.php an infrequent legal battle is unfolding. It pits four  powerful government bodies and two fuel companies against a few months old company named Legal Aid, purchase which has specialty it public interest cases.

Legal Aid, look at a glance on court papers, has long fingers on the throat of Mogas and Hass fuel companies and wants them to relocate their 2 mass storage fuel depots at Banda, few meters off Jinja road.

The depots which store millions liters of highly flammable gas, sit right at the heart of a densely inhabited slum area.

The other government bodies entangled in this case are National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), Uganda National Bureau of Standards, Wakiso District Local Government, all of which certified and permitted construction of the fuel depots; as well as The Attorney General – the government lawyer – who is also representing the Ministry of Energy.

Aloft Legal Aid’s sought after orders in this case is having the two depots closed or relocated, because they are in breach of public safety.

They also want court to order revocation of all environmental impact certifications issued for establishment of the fuel mass storage plants.

The locals however, are not united in fear for their lives, perhaps due to lack of a scary precedent on their mind, but Legal Aid’s Acting Executive Director, Bernard Banturaki tells us the village is on the brink and it’s only a matter of time.

In June this year in the Ghanaian capital Accra, about 90 people were burnt to death when heavy rains swept a flood or water into a single fuel station, sparking a deadly fire.

Several such other tragedies have been recently recorded in South Africa, Libya and the UK.

Council Banturaki estimates that with two massive fuel depots in such close proximity, if a disaster hit, the death toll in Banda would be in thousands.

Currently Uganda has no exacting laws guiding construction of such fuel establishments, which compels her to abide by the available international standards.

While these guidelines require the closest human settlement to be at least 400 meters from such plants, at the Banda depots there’s no such safety buffers.

“Just five meters from the fence are bars, cooking housewives and shanty houses poorly connected to the power lines,” says Banturaki.

“Should a blast occur today, (whose impact could go up to a one mile radius), we found that these two companies have no comprehensive disaster management plans”

Lagal Aid estimated that in case of a blast, thousands of lives could be lost

Lagal Aid estimates that in case of a blast, thousands of lives could be lost

Because of the haphazard settlement, the depots are hardly accessible say, by fire trucks in cases of emergency.

The guidelines also require for these companies to conduct mock grills (false alarms) where the police fire brigade and other rescue bodies are involved. In these exercises, proper documentation of time, accessibility and general response efficiency is documented before a license in handed out. None of this was conducted in Banda.

Banturaki adds that the Hass depot itself is situated in a valley, which increases the concentration of flammable gas in a small area.

The companies are also expected to have held consultative meetings, also known as public hearings with locals prior to construction of the plants which they didn’t.

But nothing brings home this glaring peril, Banturaki says, than a power grid that passes right on top of the Hass depot.

To this, Hass recently filed a response explicitly admitting to this mistake. They indicated that they were in talks with power distributors UEDCL to have the line moved.

Through his lawyers of Oketcha Barinyanga and Company Advocates, Hass Managing Director Mr Mohammad Billow denied the rest of the accusations in regard to breach of public safety.

He maintains that his company was duly cleared by UNBS and certified by NEMA and that all its operations are not it breach of any laws.

Mogas on the other hand, who are represented by ENS Africa, denied all accusations but without particular defensive assertions.

Legal Aid are planning on an Application to have their defense rejected by court ‘because it’s purely evasive.’

NEMA responds

Of all the corresponding government bodies, only NEMA has filed a response in which it vehemently denies the accusations.

The Authority is insistent that all due diligence was followed before Hass and Mogas were certified to proceed and open up the depots.

“We received the Environmental Impact Assessment report; we also took comments and recommendations from the lead agencies (Wakiso District, the Ministry of Energy and UNBS) and thereafter a certificate of approval was issued,” they submitted.

Meanwhile the High Court in a few days (on October 22) is set to determine an application filed by Hass, seeking dismissal of this case on grounds that the plaintiff,  Legal Aid is a small and new company with no financial muscle to meet the costs in case they lose the case.

“The plaintiff is recently incorporated and has no financial capacity to pay the costs of the suit should it be awarded in our favor,” they protested.

If they want to continue with the case, Hass demands that Legal Aid deposit Shs 100 million with the court as show of commitment.

Legal Aid laughed this off and expressed confidence that it would be overlooked by the court.
Government has released the final program for the send off the fallen State Minister for Industries Hon James Mutende.

Mutende, viagra order http://cnet-training.com/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/templates/templates/tags-list.php also husband to Uganda’s EALA reprehensive Hon Lydia Wanyoto was found dead at his house on Saturday morning.

A postmortem report released by Mulago Hospital later on Sunday concluded that the Minister died of natural causes.

Hon Mutende according to the Funeral Committee Chairperson Hon Eng Irene Muloni, dosage will be laid to rest on Saturday October 10th at his ancestral home in Mafudu, Bukulo sub county, in Sironko district.

Some family members had planned burial to be on Friday but this was revised owing to the 53rd Independence Day celebrations slated for the same day.

Minister Mutende’s body will this Tuesday morning lay for prayers at the All Saints Cathedral in Kampala.

Tomorrow Wednesday, it will be laid in State for Public viewing, and later in the afternoon Parliament will hold a pecial session in his honor.

The body will also be taken to his home district of Mbale, where prayers will be held at St Andrews Cathedral, and on Thursday afternoon the Mbale district council will also get to pay its respects.

 

 

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