UNRA Director Faulted Over Payment of UGX 30Bn to Dott Services

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Luyimbazi told the Commission that he put in place a preliminary design that could have been used by the consultant

The UNRA Commission of inquiry has pinned David Luyimbazi, the Director of Planning Uganda National Roads Authority for fraudulently paying Dott Services Shillings 30 billion in idle equipment costs. In 2010, Government contracted Dott Services to undertake the construction of the Tororo-Mbale and Mbale-Tororo road.
 



However, the work didn't start as planned because of the failure by Luyimbazi to provide the road design to Gibbs Africa Limited, the project consultant for review. Luyimbazi was in charge of making the project design.

 
As a result of the delayed works, in 2012 Dott Services filed a request for idle equipment costs tune to the tune of Shillings 30 billion for more than 500 days. Luyimbazi told the Commission that he put in place a preliminary design that could have been used by the consultant.
 
 
However, the Commission Chairperson Justice Catherine Bamugemereire and Commission Engineer Patrick Rusongoza rejected his explanation.
 
 
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When pressed harder by the Commission, Luyimbazi disclosed that although the contractor was awarded his contract in 2009, it took one year for the then Executive Director Engineer Peter Ssebanakita to sign it.
 

Luyimbazi also says, apart from the Executive Director, the head of the Public Disposal Unit (PDU) Dan Mugula and the UNRA lead counsel Marvin Baryaruha should be held responsible for the Shilling 30 billion fraud.
 
Baryaruha had initially submitted the consultant's contract to the solicitor General, who insisted that the design is attached on the contract before approval.
 
He however went ahead to ask the Executive Director to sign the contract without the design.
 
 
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The reconstruction of Tororo-Mbale and Mbale-Tororo road was initially budgets to cost Shillings 70billion but it cost the tax payer an extra Shillings 100billion.
 
The road works took four years instead of 18 months. While the consultant had increased the cost to Shillings 100 billion, UNRA chose to overlook the advice and calculated the unit cost per Kilometer at Shilling 2billion.

 

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