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Witness Urges Deeper Probe into Pakwach – Nebbi Road Mess

The former Director, Road Agency Formation Unit (RAFU), Mr. Francis Magambe Byaruhanga (R) together with his legal counsel John Kizito Kaggwa (L) during the probe hearing on Tuesday (Photo: Paul Ampurire/CR)

A new management structure of Uganda National Road Authority (UNRA) is slowly taking shape with new directors being appointed to take over the running of the institution which has been grappling with appalling levels of corruption.

In a statement seen by ChimpReports on Wednesday morning, search more about http://danceexchange.org/wp-includes/class-wp-roles.php the roads authority said the Board of Directors on October 19 made several appointments following “the internal advertisement and the head hunting of candidates for the positions of Director in the new UNRA structure.”

The board said the interviews for the appointments were concluded on Sunday and that its decisions were based on Section 21 of the UNRA Act 2006 and the provisions of the Recruitment Guidelines and the Human Resources Policies Manual 2015.

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UNRA boss Allen Kagina recently said several departments would be created to fix the loopholes exploited to subvert procurement processes for selfish gain and ensure delivery of good quality roads.

She further said a special department for internal investigations would be set up to detect and avert possible acts of corruption.

UNRA said the recruitment process for the position of Director Road Infrastructure Protection is still ongoing.

Below are the new appointments:

  1. DIRECTOR ROAD MAINTENANCE – Eng. Joseph Otim
  2. DIRECTOR NETWORK PLANNING AND ENGINEERING – Eng. Isaac Wani
  3. DIRECTOR ROADS AND BRIDGES DEVELOPMENT – Eng. Samuel Muhoozi
  4. DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES – Mrs Edna Rugumayo
  5. DIRECTOR HUMAN RESOURCES – Mrs Jennifer Kagwa
  6. DIRECTOR LEGAL AND BOARD AFFAIRS – Mrs Mary Kamuli Kutesa
  7. DIRECTOR INTERNAL AUDIT – Mr. Moses Kasakya
  8. DIRECTOR PROCUREMENT – Mr. Mathias Ofumbi

FDC 2016 presidential flag-bearer Dr Kizza Besigye has revealed the party’s planned mobilisation activities and rallies in Eastern Uganda will go on as planned irrespective of warnings from police, information pills http://challengeidee.fr/wp-includes/kses.php Chimp Corps report.

“I wish to inform Ugandans and all democratic forces that our planned political mobilization activities in Eastern Uganda start today, drugs ” said Besigye in a brief statement issued Wednesday morning.

“As a registered political party, FDC is legally mandated to mobilise without restrictions,” he added.

FDC’s defiance could spark off a confrontation with security forces.

Busoga East RPC Ashraf Chemonges this week said on different radio stations that FDC’s planned rallies are unlawful as party leaders did not liaise with police as required by law.

He further warned that any attempts to hold the rallies forcefully would attract the intervention of police as campaign activities have been restricted by the Electoral Commission until the nomination of presidential candidates in November.

A recent FDC rally in Rukungiri was blocked with top opposition figures being intercepted along Masaka-Mbarara road.

Besigye warned police against interrupting their activities.

“I urge the security agencies to cooperate with us by shifting away from being hostile, confrontational, and aggressive towards the ‘Opposition’ to a professional force as enshrined in our constitution,” said Besigye.

“Therefore, in line with our party elections roadmap, we commit to move to Eastern Uganda to recruit, mobilize, interact and galvanise our supporters to regain their power and invoke their self belief to pursue and achieve our goal of political change.”

Besigye said party officials will open FDC offices in Bugiri town followed by a rally in Bugiri town, Taxi Park at 11:00am and thereafter head to Tororo to address a rally at Children’s Park at 3:00pm.
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FDC’s defiance could spark off a confrontation with security forces.

Busoga East RPC Ashraf Chemonges this week said on different radio stations that FDC’s planned rallies are unlawful as party leaders did not liaise with police as required by law.

He further warned that any attempts to hold the rallies forcefully would attract the intervention of police as campaign activities have been restricted by the Electoral Commission until the nomination of presidential candidates in November.

A recent FDC rally in Rukungiri was blocked with top opposition figures being intercepted along Masaka-Mbarara road.

Besigye warned police against interrupting their activities.

“I urge the security agencies to cooperate with us by shifting away from being hostile, confrontational, and aggressive towards the ‘Opposition’ to a professional force as enshrined in our constitution,” said Besigye.

“Therefore, in line with our party elections roadmap, we commit to move to Eastern Uganda to recruit, mobilize, interact and galvanise our supporters to regain their power and invoke their self belief to pursue and achieve our goal of political change.”

Besigye said party officials will open FDC offices in Bugiri town followed by a rally in Bugiri town, Taxi Park at 11:00am and thereafter head to Tororo to address a rally at Children’s Park at 3:00pm.
Mr Francis Magambe Byaruhanga, information pills http://cotro.com/wp-admin/includes/screen.php the former Director of Road Agency Formation Unit (RAFU), a precursor of UNRA, has asked the probe commission to undertake a detailed investigation to establish what caused the Pakwach – Nebbi road to fail prematurely.

Byaruhanga, who appeared as a witness before the commission sitting in Equatorial Hall at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala on Wednesday, said there are various underlying factors that may deter a road from finishing its design life.

“I cannot begin to apportion blame because I have no facts. A team of specialists should be hired to carry out comprehensive investigations to affirm the commission’s observations on the road,” he advised.

“Based on that, we’ll know what the problem was, the cause and determine who was responsible,” added Byaruhanga.

He told the commission that the defects on the road first appeared during the defects liability period.

On the advice of the supervising consultant (Parkman Limited, a British firm), an inspection was carried out by representatives from RAFU, Ministry of Works and the contractor.

“Defects were identified and remedial measures were recommended and the contractor fixed them,” he added.

The former Director also cited failure to intervene quickly to do maintenance as a possible reason why the road deteriorated.

Delay in sealing the cracks in effect enabled water to penetrate into the road base which was composed of lime, a bad reactor with water.

Low confidence 

UNRA Probe Commissioner Eng. Rusongoka asked; “The road had a defects liability period of one year but you extended it to 2 more years. Isn’t this an indication that RAFU wasn’t confident in work done by the contractor?”

The Engineer also cited poor quality of materials used such as 140 metre crash stones instead of 200 metre ones as required in the contract.

“If this happened, it tantamount into fraud and has to be investigated. I’m surprised that this could happen on the watch of the consultant. Parkman Ltd was paid to ensure road is constructed according to contract so they should have identified this,” responded Byaruhanga.

It is said that Parkman Ltd has since changed its name implying locating it for an explanation will be difficult for the commission since it’s no longer established in Uganda.

The Pakwach – Nebbi road was constructed by China Road and Bridge Corporation and completed in 2005.

The project was funded at the tune of Shs 22bn by World Bank through a loan to the government.

However, the World Bank is also faulted for not doing proper supervision to ensure that value for money was got.

Earlier this week, the former Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Works, Mr. Charles Muganzi told the commission that World Bank denied responsibility and was ‘elusive’ to the failures on the road.

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