UNRA defends official on conflict of interest allegations

Kenneth Kazibwe

Kenneth Kazibwe

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Uganda National Roads Authority has responded to media reports about a dossier to the Inspector General of Government in regards to some directors.

There have been media reports about a letter by a whistleblower to IGG’s office asking her to intervene in a matter of incompetent directors who were appointed unscrupulously.

In a statement by Mark Ssali, their Head of Public and Corporate Affairs, UNRA says the reports are sensational and that they ought not to be taken seriously.

“It is therefore our submission that the stories being propagated by a section of rumour mills are tainted with malice to misrepresent the office of the IGG and to further advance that there is an apparent crisis at the Road’s Authority,” said Ssali in a statement on Saturday.

UNRA says the alleged whistleblower letter is false and malicious as it claims conflict of interest by the Mary Kamuli Kuteesa, the Director Legal Services and Member of the Contracts Committee at UNRA.

According to the said letter, Kuteesa is accused of having participated in the award of a contract to Chinese companies China Wuyi and China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC) which are clients of her husband’s law firm without declaring a conflict of interest.

“It was established that neither Mary Kuteesa’s husband nor any of the Partners in his Law Firm had ever represented or was at the time representing the said Chinese companies involved in bidding for civil works at UNRA.”

The roads authority also says that there has never been a conflict of interest by their director in charge of legal services who is also a member on its contracts committee.

The reports had also indicated that recruitment of Omeke Ongimu as director procurement in UNRA was done fraudulently as he did not meet the requirements but according to the body,the claims ar not founded.

“The said letters and media reports are purely intended to malign and character assassinate persons of good repute, integrity and skill working to deliver services efficiently to all Ugandans.”

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