Onyango’s Heroics Send Sundowns to Finals as Bukenya Limps Out

Denis Onyango

The Executive Director Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Ms. Allen Kagina has vowed to invest in building capacity of the authority’s human resource to ensure that it can build roads as well as manage to export services outside Uganda.

With only 6 months at the Authority, website like this she said the human resource structure has been reviewed to ensure good performance and skills are set in order to reduce bureaucracy and transform the entity internally.

She was on Friday appearing before the commission of inquiry at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.

“We disbanded the whole procurement Directorate and the process is underway to harmonize the different directorates. All contracts for all our staff are being reviewed and we have asked some of them to leave, treatment ” she said.

Kagina added that once restructuring is complete, unhealthy UNRA will embark on reviewing all consultants and contractors within the industry to rate their previous contracts.

“Some of these firms have not done a good job in their previous contracts. If we discover that they haven’t delivered as expected, their contracts will be terminated and others blacklisted,” she warned.

The body has been grappling with high levels of unprecedented corruption in which billions of shillings of tax payers’ money have been looted in sham projects.

She expressed the need to promote local firms through affirmative action.

The bidding process will be designed to cater for Ugandan companies to enable them get experience working alongside international firms.

Kagina was emphatic on the issue of theft of road furniture adding that the entity will engage communities in the process of road construction.

“We shall involve the locals through rewards to assist us in monitoring and reporting people who steal road signs. Mobile weigh bridges will also be introduced to reduce cases of heavy trucks that destroy our roads.”

UNRA is set to increase the number of paved roads from the current 250 kms per year to 1,000kms per year in the next three years.

However, Kagina said this will require getting all the relevant entities on board.

Recently, the probe committee discovered that there has been a rampart tendency of insider trading in the UNRA upcountry stations and staff colluding with fictitious companies to supply materials.

In some cases, payments were made for services that were never done.

In response to this, Kagina said; “We have set up an investigations unit to find out which companies are supplying our stations and find out how they were procured.”

She promised to crack a whip on UNRA staff who supply services without declaring a conflict of interest and engaging in illegal procurement.
Uganda Cranes stars Dennis Onyango and Ivan Bukenya were both in action down in South Africa as their teams Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs set a date in the final of the 2015 Telkom Knockout tournament after cruising through SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates respectively.

Dennis Onyango had a fine field day helping Mamelodi Sundowns to edge his former club Supersport united in a enthralling 3-1 victory played at the Lucas Moripe stadium on Saturday.

Sundowns goals came from Leonardo Castro, sildenafil   Thabo Nthethe and Bongani Zungu.

Bukenya’s Plight

The defender had earlier been summoned to the Uganda Cranes squad for Togo duty but his fate will await medical assessment after he pulled out of the Soweto derby at half time due to injury.

“Bukenya has a fairly good performance in defence but is forced off at half-time due to injury. Inside ten minutes his long ball pass finds Lebese but the midfielder’s shot is saved by Siyabonga Mpontshane. But he blots his copy-book by wasting two very good chances to score from Tshabalala’s free-kicks, each time escaping his marker, only to miss badly,” a South African media, Kick-off described his game before the injury giving him a 60 percent efficiency rating.

Other Ugandan players Sula Matovu (Chiefs) and Yassar Mugerwa were not fielded.


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