UNRA Probe: Luyimbazi Faulted for Causing Shs 80bn Loss

The former Director for Planning at UNRA Eng. David Luyimbazi

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The former Director of Planning at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), viagra Eng. David Luyimbazi has denied allegations that his withholding of detailed engineering designs resulted into loss of Shs 80bn of taxpayer’s money.

Information before the probe committee indicates that Eng. Luyimbazi was in possession of strip maps and detailed design for the Tororo – Mbale, online Mbale – Soroti road which the consultant required to commence work.

“Nobody came to me seeking these drawings and PDU (Procurement and Disposal Unit) had them too. My role wasn’t to move around directorates fishing for problems, I had work to do,” claimed Luyimbazi.

It is the absence of these design drawings that caused Dott Services (contractor) to lodge a claim to UNRA seeking compensation for the delay of 509 days because of idle equipment and personnel.

The claim caused UNRA and government a loss of Shs 80bn.

Asked to shoulder the responsibility, Luyimbazi instead shifted the blame on the then legal advisor, Marvin Baryaruha, the head PDU, Mr. Dan Mugura, the contracts committee and the Solicitor General’s office.

SG Speaks out

However, according to the Solicitor General’s recent testimony to the commission, he approved the contract on condition that detailed engineering designs be provided to the consultant.

The assisting counsel to the commission, Mary Kamuli Kuteesa pinned Eng. Luyimbazi to justify repairing a 152 km road that cost USD 800,000 per kilometre and designed only to last 2 – 3 years.

“It was not justifiable; the money could have constructed a new road with a 15-year life. There was no value for money,” admitted Luyimbazi.

“UNRA was staffed with highly qualified and professional people. We trusted that everyone was doing whatever they could to make the most cost effective decision.”

He faulted PDU for being distracted by the consultant’s proposal to have contract variations instead of sticking to initial contract.

The procurement of civil works on Tororo – Mbale, Mbale -Soroti road was initiated in 2010 at a cost of Shs 30bn and Shs 46bn respectively.

However the contract underwent variations in scope of work and time extensions which escalated the initial price by over 100 percent.

Government has consequently lost billions of money due to negligence and reckless decisions made by UNRA officials.


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