In his testimony to the Commission early this week, Charles Muganzi, the former Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works and Transport blamed World Bank for the sub-standard work executed on the Pakwach-Nebbi road.
A letter to the commission by the Country Manager Christina Malmberg Calvo
World Bank has turned down a request to send a representative to appear before the Commission of Inquiry investigating alleged fraud in Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA.
The UNRA Commission lead counsel Andrew Kasirye wrote to Christina Malmberg Calvo, the World Bank Country Manager early this week asking him to send a representative to respond to allegations leveled against the bank in relation to the Pakwach-Nebbi road construction.
In his response Calvo turns down the request saying World Bank group has its own evaluators and vice presidency that investigates allegations of Fraud and corruption in Bank funded projects.
â€œThe World Bank is committed to combating fraud and corruption and is available to work with the Government of Uganda in its effort to address this vice. We suggest that any request and inquiries be channeled through the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, the official government of Uganda contact point for the World Bank,â€ reads the letter in part.
Kasirye was prompted to write to Calvo after World Bank blocked its employee Engineer Victor Ochaya from responding to summons from the Commission to explain the role of the bank in the Pakwach-Nebbi road construction. Engineer Ochaya supervised the upgrading of the 53 kilometer Pakwach-Nebbi road from gravel to class II bitumen on behalf of World Bank.
The Shillings 22 billion used to construct Pakwach-Nebbi road was a World Bank loan to government. In his testimony to the Commission early this week, Charles Muganzi, the former Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works and Transport blamed World Bank for the sub-standard work executed on the Pakwach-Nebbi road.
Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the UNRA Commission chairperson says should they find World Bank guilty of the accusations leveled against it; they will not hesitate to recommend that government withholds payment to the bank until thorough investigations are conducted.