Lawmakers on the Parliament’s Physical Infrastructure Committee have expressed concern that lengthy presidential directives are hampering the operations of the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) in fulfilling its mandate.
The deputies led by shadow Minister of Public Works and Transport Yusuf Nsibambi said the presidential directives not only hampered UNRA in carrying out its planned activities in accordance with the five-year development plan, but also violated the Constitution.
UNRA officials led by Executive Director Allen Kagina spent most of December 13 in front of the committee, chaired by David Karubanga, briefing MPs on the handling of presidential directives in the implementation of strategic road projects.
MPs agreed that some of the presidential directives are discriminatory, promising to seek redress in court.
The committee previously questioned UNRA officials on why the Masindi-Kisanja-Tangi-Paraa-Buliisa road contractor decided to adjust the pavement structure in some sections, which could cost upwards of money to Ugandan taxpayers.
Officials were also accused of using the South African design manual instead of using the Department of Works manual.
The issue of the contractor reducing the thickness of the base course tender from a 250mm to 200mm base course and a selected 300mm to 125mm layer also sparked heated debate within the committee.