Kagina begs IGG to spare three UNRA directors on the spot for corruption
CORRUPTION | The Executive Director Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), Allen Kagina, has asked the Inspector General of Government (IGG) to be lenient with three directors caught in the middle of infighting within the authority and the line ministry.
In the August 6 letter, a copy of which Crime24 has obtained, Kagina pleads with Lady Justice Irene Mulyagonja to spare the three UNRA directors who are under investigation by IGG’s office on charges of corruption and abuse office.
Those under probe are legal director Mary Kamuli Kuteesa, internal audit director Moses Kasakya, and John Ongimu Omeke, director for procurement.
“The Board is on my neck to know the status of UNRA staff that are under investigation by IGG, they might lose their contract if they are not helped,” Kagina wrote.
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The IGG had asked Kagina to take action on Kuteesa, Kasakya and Ongimu within 30 days and that they should leave office to pave away for proper investigations into allegations against them.
When contacted, IGG spokesperson Munira Ali confirmed the investigation of the three UNRA directors.
Ali said: “It’s true we are investigating them but UNRA executive director refused to suspend them.”
According to whistle blowers report seen by this investigative website, Kuteesa serves as a member of the contracts committee of UNRA, but took part in the award of a contract to a company in which husband has interest.
She is accused of influencing the board and is faulted for not disclosing her husband’s relationship with a Chinese construction firm that won a contract with UNRA.
It was also alleged that her presence on the contracts committee is a disadvantage to other companies which are eliminated from procurement process without any justifiable reasons, and that she biases the procurement process of the whole UNRA organization.
The letter also states that Kuteesa’s husband, through his law firm Arcodco and Co. Advocates, represents Chinese construction companies like China Wuyi, China Communications and China Construction Company Ltd, which information was not disclosed to the board.
China Construction Company won the contract to construct the 53 km Kampala – Entebbe Expressway from Busega to Entebbe airport at a whooping cost of Shs1.19 trillion.