Parliament’s select committee meant to probe controversy surrounding the construction of the standard gauge railway is expected to start work today.
On Tuesday last week, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga named the seven-man team, chaired by Nakifuma MP, Sekitoleko Kafeero to investigate the controversy surrounding the construction of the standard gauge railway line.
This followed a House resolution in which MPs determined that Parliament conducts a probe into the procurement process and payment of 11 billion dollars to Chinese Habour Engineering Company.
The terms of reference set out give the committee 45 days to, among other things, examine the contract signed by the government to construct the railway, and inquire into circumstances surrounding the said contract.
It will further probe why the contract for China Civil Engineering Corporation was terminated as well as the ministers and officials involved in the process.
The SGR railway project has been plagued by controversy across the region with almost all the East African governments being forced to carry out reviews, especially on costs. In Kenya, a judge stopped the construction of the railway after a lawmaker objected to how people who will be displaced by the project were compensated.
The resolution was prompted by several MPs, including Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo, who made a forceful contribution which elicited a debate about how the process has been fraught with bribery and other corruption, and that the cost of $8 billion (about Shs20.5 trillion) is inflated.
The committee members include Kafeero Ssekitoleko (Chair) -Nakifuma, Susan Amero-Amuira Woman MP, Maxwell Akora –Maruzi County, Ongalo Obote –Kalaki, Amuriat Oboi- Kumi, Rosemary Nyakikongoro- Sheema and Xavier Akampurira- Ibanda.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor