The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) fraudulently paid more than 100bn shillings for the construction of the Tororo-Soroti road, raising the total cost for the civil works from 77bn to I83bn shillings.
Benon Abaho, an independent investigator hired by State House in 2012 to investigate the road works, Wednesday morning presented a report to the commission of inquiry into mismanagement, abuse of office and corrupt practices chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.
According to Abaho\'s report, the more than 100bn shillings lost in less than two years was due to 30bn unexplainable prolongation costs, 30bn in currency fluctuation and 40bn shillings unaccounted for.
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The commission also received evidence showing that UNRA had failed to protect the interest of government both in costs and quality of work offered.
Abaho told the commissioners that it was only Gibbs Africa Consultant that tried to defend the interest of government on several occasion against the Employer UNRA and the contractor.
The investigative report that was later handed to the president, Parliament and the Executive Director UNRA indicates that the Authority was at logger heads with the consultant for his firm stand on doing the right thing to the extent that Gibbs contract was not renewed when it expired in 2012, even though the civil works were still ongoing.
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Tororo-Mbale, Mbale-Soroti roads were constructed to help reduce the number of trucks on the Kawempe-Kafu-Karuma road which was being used by all trucks transporting goods from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda to South Sudan.
The road, whose construction began in April 2011 and was commissioned a few weeks ago, was supposed to have been completed within 18 months period.