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).