President Yoweri Museveni has directed Allen Kagina, store the Executive Director of the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) not to enter any new contracts with constructions company, find Dott Services.
Museveni gave the directive in a letter to UNRA and the Public Procurement and Disposal Authority (PPDA) Executive Directors.
According to sources in the Attorney General’s office, for sale the letter was issued on April 21st 2017.
Dott Services has been implicated in a number of scandals involving mismanagement of funds and poor service delivery in the construction sector.
A report by a Catherine Bamugemereire headed commission of inquiry into UNRA implicated Dott Services in criminality, recommending further investigations.
Dott services however challenged the commission’s recommendations in court where the portion of the report that relates to them was suppressed.
Museveni said that; “I have received several credible reports with information relating to fraudulent dealings by Dott Services that are not acceptable.”
“An entity that wants to be shielded from being investigated should not expect to participate in government projects,” Museveni wrote.
“I am therefore directing government not to enter into any new contracts with Dott Services Ltd or their directors until all allegations levelled against them have been settled,” the letter further reads.
UNRA Media Relations Manager Allan Ssempebwa confirmed receipt of Museveni’s letter when contacted by ChimpReports.
“It’s true we received the presidential directive. We will act upon it. Unfortunately we can’t discuss our official correspondences with the media.”
Kagina, in March 2017, cancelled bids for the construction of the Rukungiri-Kihiihi-Ishasha-Kanungu road where Dott Services was among the bidders.
She said that; “the procurement process for the upgrading of Rukungiri-Kihihi-Kanungu/Ishasha road was marred with speculation from actors seemingly fighting for their own selfish gains.”
Dott Services has also been accused of doing shoddy work in Eastern Uganda especially the Mbale-Soroti road, the Mbale-Tirinyi Road, all claims the construction company contests.
Earlier in April, the Mbale Tirinyi road was closed off after heavy rains washed away two bridges leading to the death of one.
Dott services who are responsible for laying asphalt and box culverts on the road would later complain of a “cash flow problem.”
The road continues to grapple with many unattended to openings although Dott Services co-Director Prasad assured UNRA officials that the issues would be handled with urgency.