UNRA Probe Extended By Four Months (allAfrica.com)

President Yoweri Museveni has extended the deadline for the commission of inquiry into Uganda National Roads Authority (Unra) by four more months.

The extension comes at a time when the commission has covered 40% of the areas it is supposed to investigate.

On September 5, 2015, four days to the end of the mandate by the commission investigating mismanagement, abuse of office and corrupt practices into Unra, the president signed an extension notice mandating the commission to continue its investigations.

According to the notice, the commission shall submit a report of its finding and recommendations under paragraph four of legal notice no. 9 of 2015 to the president in December 2015.

Andrew Kasirye, the commission’s lead counsel says this extension will give them time to look into financial systems, legal mandates as well as all national roads to come up with satisfactory recommendations.

The commission’s mandate requires it to look into issues of procurement and contract management processes, procurement of works, services and supplies, legal and corporate governance structures, financial management systems, methodology employed in compensation of land owners, and administration of public weigh bridges.

The commission has so far investigated three National roads; Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya, Kawempe-Kafu and Kampala-Entebbe Express Highway. The inquiry has also looked into compensation of the Hoima-Kaiso Tonya as well as Kampala-Entebbe Express Highway.

Other areas inquired into include; Procurement and supply of fuel, and administration of ferries. The commission is headed by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.