Dott Services-UNRA Fight Goes to Parliament

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Dott Services, a road construction company, has this afternoon petitioned parliament seeking its intervention on accusations fronted by Uganda National Roads Authority UNRA. The petition stems from UNRAs two contracts with Dott Services for construction of the Tororo-Mbale and Mbale-Soroti roads.

Dott Services, a road construction company, has this afternoon petitioned parliament seeking its intervention on accusations fronted by Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).
 
The petition stems from UNRA's two contracts with Dott Services for construction of the 49km Tororo-Mbale road and Mbale-Soroti road which is 103km.
 
UNRA's accusations include among others shoddy works and payment of 29.8 billion Shillings to the construction firm on the basis of false claims.
 
UNRA accuses the construction firm and Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC), of conniving to claim the said money as compensation from UNRA for the delayed commencement of the construction of two roads in 2010.
 
UNRA claims it signed a contract with Dott Services in 2010 for the construction of the Tororo-Mbale road and the Mbale-Soroti road for a period of 18 months at a cost of 30.2 billion Shillings and 46 billion Shillings respectively.
 
However, Dott Services demanded 29.8 billion Shillings from UNRA for the delayed commencement of the road construction, claiming that it lost the money in the 509 days they were not working between 2010 and 2011.
 
UNRA says it later carried out an audit and found that the money was fraudulently paid to the construction firm since there was never any delay in commencement of works. The road agency now wants Dott Services to refund the money.
 
In a petition presented through Bunyore East MP Nagwomu Moses Musamba, Dott Services Limited asked parliament to cause an inquiry into the matter and clear the construction firm of the accusations.
 
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Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah referred the petition to parliament's committee on physical infrastructure for what he called expeditious handling.
 
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Dott Services Limited is one of the companies recommended to be blacklisted for defrauding government by the UNRA probe inquiry led by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.