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Donors Ask Govt to Act on UNRA Inquiry

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Donors have asked Government of Uganda to punish those implicated by the Justice Catherine Bamugemerirwe inquiry into corruption at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).
EU Head of Delegation to Uganda, Ambassador Kristian Schmidt asked for progress of the Inquiry report regarding the repayment and recovery of public funds lost through the fraudulent acts of UNRA officials.
While speaking on behalf of Transport Development Partners Group at the opening of the 12th Uganda Joint Transport Sector Review in Kampala, Ambassador Schmidt said it is urgent to fix the procurement processes at UNRA.
The Commission of inquiry report found that close 4,000 km of roads may have been lost due to corruption.
The Justice Bamugemerirwe inquiry report was handed to President Museveni in October 2015.
According to the report, it was discovered that at least 4 trillion shillings was misappropriated by the old UNRA management and staff.
It found that whereas nine trillion shillings was used to construct 1,500 km of roads in 7 years, these funds were enough to cover 5,147km.
The Commission recommended that 90 former staff of UNRA be prosecuted.
It said Uganda seems to have missed an opportunity to have over 3,000 km of tarmac added to its road network due to misappropriation of funds.

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