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Railway Probe: China Yet to Respond to MPs’ Queries

Eng. Kafeero Ssekitoleko

The Speaker of Parliament, healing http://checkhimout.ca/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-event-calendar/app/view/admin/box_support.php Hon Rebecca Kadaga has granted a three-week extension to the Select Committee on the Standard Gauge Railway to complete its investigation and present its report to the House.

The Speaker made the ruling on Thursday following a request by the Committee Chairperson and Nakifuma County MP, http://chaudharylaw.com/wp-includes/class-smtp.php Hon. Eng. Kafeero Ssekitoleko.

The Chairperson informed the House that the Committee had requested for more Information from the Chinese Government and there was therefore, http://crfg.org/wp-includes/class-wp-locale-switcher.php need for more time so that this is included in the report.

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“We sought for more information from the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of China but they have not yet responded. We seek for three more weeks as we await this information before we present the report,” said Ssekitoleko said.

Kadaga in 2014 ordered an investigation into the much-anticipated infrastructural project following reports that its cost was raised from $8bn to $11bn under mysterious circumstances and that the procurement process leading to the awarding of the contract to Chinese firm China Harbour Engineering Company (CHECL) was done in secrecy after edging out China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

The Committee visited China in January 2015 on a fact finding mission which saw the Members hold meetings with the three construction companies to establish their capabilities to construct the standard gauge railway.

The Select Committee is composed of MPs Hon. Maxwell Akora(UPC, Maruzi), Hon. Clement Ongalo Obote (NRM, Kalaki), Hon. Rosemary Nyakikongoro (Ind., Sheema district), Hon. Patrick Amuriat (FDC, Kumi), Hon. Xavier Kyooma (NRM, Ibanda North) and Hon. Suzan Amero (NRM, Amuria district).

The Committee in January met with officials of the China Railway Group Limited (CREC) which is among the Chinese companies that had expressed interest in constructing the Uganda railway line.

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