today's Pick
Minister Byabagambi grilled over sh1b
Publish Date: May 01, 2014
Minister Byabagambi grilled over sh1b
Minister John Byabagambi
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Umaru Kashaka    

Legislators on the physical infrastructure committee have grilled the works state minister John Byabagambi over sh1.2b that was paid to the M&B Engineering Company to construct Birara Bridge linking Rukungiri to Kanungu districts.


The committee was considering ministry’s sh2.5 trillion budget request for 2014/15 financial with officials from Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).

The MPs noted that a certificate of completion was given to the contractor when less than 20% of the work had been done.

“This bridge was going to be a lifeline for our people as it was going to link Kanungu with other surrounding areas. Why did you pay this contractor sh1.2b for work not executed? This caused government loss because this money would have been put to better use,” committee chairperson Ephraim Biraaro noted.

The committee also queried sh31b that was paid in cost for constructing Fort Portal-Bundibugyo-Lamia Road, saying the cost would have been avoided if proper contract management procedures had been followed.

“They go on to compensate people even where it’s not necessary. How can you compensate people on road reserves that belong to government?” the Busongora County North MP William Nzoghu asked.

The minister admitted that the contractor abandoned the work at Birara Bridge, but said four of his staff who connived with the contractor to have a certificate of completion issued to him has since been interdicted.

“It’s true this contractor abandoned the work and I hear he is in South Sudan. But the ministry did its part administratively to prosecute these individuals (names not revealed) who colluded with the contractor and a certificate was issued. I don’t know how far the prosecution has gone, but they were prosecuted,” Byabagambi said.

The construction of Birara bridge was previously started by the ministry of works, but in December last year UNRA signed a sh13b contract with China Harzone Industry Corp for its construction under a design and build scheme after the first contractor abandoned the site.

It will be a seven-meter bridge with pedestrian walkways on either sides, built with both steel and reinforced concrete.

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Otafiire to media: Stop harassing Mbabazi
Justice minister Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire says the press should stop what he termed as “harassing” former prime minister Amama Mbabazi....
Burkina parliament set ablaze in protests over president
Angry demonstrators went on the rampage in Burkina Faso on Thursday, setting parliament ablaze in a surge of violence that forced the government to scrap a vote on controversial plans to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year rule....
Graca Machel wants woman to succeed Museveni
Uganda should have a female president when President Yoweri Museveni retires, South African former first lady has said....
Ebola cases slow in Liberia, but too soon to celebrate: WHO
The rate of new Ebola infections appears to be slowing in hard-hit Liberia, but the crisis is far from over, according to the World Health Organization....
Diabetes is the new driver of tuberculosis – report
A person suffering from diabetes is three times more likely to develop tuberculosis, a new research reveals....
Byarugaba bounces back as NSSF boss
Richard Byarugaba has been re-appointed National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Managing Director....
Should the absence of bride price prevent couples from wedding?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter