UNRA Sues Dott Services for Ugsh 29.8Bn Fraudlent Work

The Tororo - Mbale road which was constructed by Dott Services has already started to deteriorate. (UNRA  Photo)

The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has sued road construction company Dott Services Limited to recover Ugsh 29.8 billion which the latter  obtained fraudulently.

In this application, more about UNRA says that in October 2010, click it signed contracts with Dott Services company for the construction of Tororo -Mbale road measuring 43km and Mbale-Soroti road measuring 103km for a duration of 18months at a total of Ugsh 30.2 billion.

However, stuff the construction company delayed the commencement of permanent works on the two roads which prompted UNRA to demand for a refund of its monies amounting to Ugsh 29.8 billion.

In an audit carried out in June 2011, several inconsistencies were discovered in the Tororo – Mbale, Mbale – Soroti road project; among them delayed procurement due to administrative reviews and issuance of contracts without detailed designs.

The commission of inquiry led by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire into UNRA learnt that Dott Services was contracted to do supervision yet it did not have equipment and personnel as required. At the time, Dott was doing works on 3 roads; Jinja – Kamuli, Tororo – Mbale and Mbale – Soroti.

The bidding documents required that the bidder provides different equipment and personnel for different contracts to prove their capacity.

However, in the findings of the same audit discovered that out of the 12 staff indicated on bidding documents, none was on ground. Vehicles and other equipment were also missing.

UNRA claims that it has been deprived of its funds which Dott Services continue to wrongfully withhold hence seeking Commercial court’s intervention to compel the roads company to refund this money.

Commercial court Deputy Registrar Thaddeus Opesene has issued summons ordering Dott Services to file its defense in court within 15 days.

Dott services is one of the companies that were recommended to be blacklisted for defrauding government of its funds by the UNRA commission of inquiry report.

However, Dott Services has since moved ahead to challenge and block the implementation of the said recommendation contained in the UNRA report.


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