The Inspector General of Government Irene Mulyagonja has said her office has not received any testimony calling for the investigation of three directors at the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) as said by Executive Director Hellen C. Kagina days ago in a letter.
“We have searched the IG Case Management System and other case management sources but have found no record to show that there are any investigations going in respect of the said members of staff, either as alleged in the whistle blower’s letter or at all,” IGG Mulyagonja said in a letter she addressed to Kagina on August 8.
Mulyagonja’s letter to Kagina was in response to the letter the latter wrote on August 2, 2018 asking for an update on investigations alleged to be going on against three UNRA staff in the names of: Mary Kamuli Kuteesa-Director Legal Services, Moses Kasakya-Director Internal Auditor and John Ongimu Omeke-Director Procurement.
“The purpose of this letter is to request for an update on this matter to unable us update the UNRA Board of Directors. We enclose here in a photocopy of the whistleblower letter in issue for ease reference,” Kagina wrote in a letter that the IGG received on August 3, 2018.
In the latest letter, Mulyagonja said the investigations her office is aware of relate to the former staff, arising out of the Commission of Inquiry on the mismanagement of resources and corruption in UNRA. ““The majority of the persons are actually former staff and not current staff of UNRA,” Mulyagonja said.
As such Mulyagonja said her office could not give a response to Kagina as regards the alleged investigations against the three officials. “As a result, we are not able to respond to the request that you made to us and hope this will satisfy the inquiries of the UNRA Board,” Mulyagonja wrote.
According to the whistleblower, Kuteesa who is a member of UNRA’s contracts committee participated in the award of the contract to a Chinese company in which her husband has interest, yet she had not disclosed the information. Ms She is accused of misleading the board and influence peddling.
The whistleblower accused Kuteesa that her husband through his law firm-Arcodco and Co. Advocates, represents Chinese construction companies- China Wuyi, China Communications and China Construction Company (CCCC). Further, the whistleblower said her participation in the procurement processes led to the dismissal other companies with justifiable reasons and that she has disorganized the organization’s procurement process.
CCCC won the contract to build the 51.4km Entebbe Express at about Shs1.2 trillion. The road was launched in mid-June by President Yoweri Museveni and Mr Wang Yang, the chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.