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UNRA Paid UGX 2.3Bn More to Acquire L. Kyoga Ferry

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The price at which Dutch Med was willing to supply the 5.6metre ferry was 2.3 billion shillings less than what was later used by Damen Shipyards.
01 Sep 2015 14:13
UNRA probe commission head, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire

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The commission of inquiry into mismanagement, abuse of office and corrupt practices in Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has  begun investigations into procurement of the 6.6 billion shillings (2,214,275 Euros) Lake Kyoga ferry. The ferry was procured in 2009 by Damen Shipyard BV which had been awarded the contract for supply, delivery and commissioning.

Surprisingly, the company had emerged the fourth best bidder in three consecutive re-evaluations prompted by the contracts committees disapproval of the best bidder, Dutch Med Limited.

According to the mechanical engineer of the UNRA Evaluation committee, Eng. Herbert Mutawe, Dutch Med had a lower price in its solicitation documents than Damen Shipyard but was outright rejected by the contracts committee.

Mutyaba shocked the chairperson to the commission, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire when he appeared unmoved by the nature in which the evaluation reports were handled by the contracts committee.

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The price at which Dutch Med was willing to supply the 5.6 metres ferry was 2.3 billion shillings less than what was later used by Damen Shipyards. Evidence before the commission also revealed that UNRA paid 54 million shillings (18,000 Euros) more to have the ferry, which was meant for Lake Kyoga  transported to Obongi landing site on River Nile in West Nile region.

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Inspection of the ferry also revealed that the size supplied was smaller than what had been specified by UNRA. Initial specifications by the Authority indicated that they had wanted a 3.75 metres ferry but the specifications later changed mysteriously to 5.6 metres.

However, at the time of delivery Damen Shipyards delivered a 3.75 metres ferry contrary to what had been in their solicitation documents and whose cost was much cheaper than the 5.6 metres.

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The Obongi landing site ferry is one of the 22 UNRA ferries countrywide that have been operating without certificates of sea worthiness until January 2015. The ferries also lack insurance of life and property that they carry on a daily basis.

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