Luweero Woman MP accused of smuggling clauses in SGS report, to be impeached

Nelson Bwire Kapo

Nelson Bwire Kapo

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Members of Parliament attached to the Physical Infrastructures Committee have vowed to boot their chairperson over what they term as undermining their recommendations.

Ms Lillian Nakate, the Luweero Woman MP is facing the music after members of the committee she heads resolved to summon her tomorrow in bid to issue her a suspension letter from the committee as well start arrangements to have her impeached according to rule 192.

Trouble started during the investigations of the So­ci­ete Gen­erale De Sur­veil­lance(SGS) when speaker of parliament Rt.Hon. Rebecca Kadaga in October 2017 instituted a select committee and directed the physical infrastructure committee to take up Hon.Muyanja’ Ssenyonga’ petition against SGS.

Last month, the long awaited report was finally tabled on the floor of parliament and the Nakate who presented the ” majority report” out of a blue amused the August house and her fellow committee members when she smuggled a clause recommending that a committee had agreed that SGS contract should be suspended and renegotiated in a period not less than 3 months which was dismissed out rightly by the committee members.

In the same sitting, the committee overwhelmingly recommended to pass the minority report tabled by Richard Othieno Okoth (West Budama) who said that SGS had fundamentally breached the contractual provisions relating to commencement date and the procurement exercise which were marred by several loopholes like wrong bidding documents and bribery of officials from ministry of works.

SGS signed a con­tract with gov­ern­ment in March 2015 to carry out rou­tine in­spect ve­hi­cles with the aim of en­sur­ing ve­hi­cles in poor me­chan­i­cal con­di­tion are taken off the road, in a bid to re­duce ac­ci­dents.

Works and Trans­port Min­is­ter, Eng. Mon­ica Azuba told the House dur­ing the ple­nary sit­ting of June 29, 2017, that gov­ern­ment is car­ry­ing out the in­spec­tion ex­er­cise to as­cer­tain the con­di­tion of mo­tor ve­hi­cles in a bid to re­duce the 1,500 mo­tor ac­ci­dents which oc­cur in the coun­try an­nu­ally.

Azuba re­vealed that start­ing July 1st, gov­ern­ment will start the first phase of en­force­ment, where mo­torists will be cau­tioned thrice and if they fail to take their ve­hi­cles for in­spec­tion, their cars will be im­pounded.

 

How­ever, MPs ex­pressed bit­ter­ness over the process, par­tic­u­larly the com­pany SGS, which they noted was given a con­tract ir­reg­u­larly.

 

Mukono South MP, John­son Muyanja, who pre­sented a state­ment said by con­duct­ing the in­spec­tion ex­er­cise, gov­ern­ment was sub­ject­ing ve­hi­cle own­ers to dou­ble tax­a­tion.

Muyanja said it was un­fair yet for im­por­ta­tion of ve­hi­cles, one is charged $200 (Shs 700,000).

 

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