UNRA official quizzed over Shs1b on personal account - Daily Monitor

UNRA official quizzed over Shs1b on personal account

Monday November 2 2015

By EPHRAIM KASOZI

Kampala.

A Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) official was last Friday quizzed over billions of shillings on his personal account, yet his official salary was only Shs5m a month.

Mr Asaph Abenaitwe, the UNRA’s regional manager in charge of the south, was quizzed over flouting procurement procedures during his tenure as station manager, and his conflict of interest when he used his company to do business with his employer.

He appeared before the commission of inquiry into the alleged mismanagement of UNRA affairs where he admitted that despite being a civil servant, his company, GAK, transacted business with the national roads agency, an indicator of conflict of interest.

Chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemerire, the commission of inquiry into alleged mismanagement of UNRA affairs, also questioned Mr Abenaitwe in regard to his tenure as station engineer of Mbarara UNRA station. He was also questioned over private company documents in soft copies found on UNRA office computers, influence peddling, alleged irregular payments and contracting companies outside the procurement list without permission.

Mr Abenaitwe, however, amused the commission responding that he saw no conflict of interest because GAK Company was a business entity with expenses, liabilities, taxes to pay and also make some profit.
According to Mr Rutiba, GAK Company has numerous contracts in districts.

The company’s bank statement in the names of GAK Company dated October 8, was also tabled with opening balance of Shs108m and has since accumulated over Shs887m.

The Commission revealed that Mr Abenaitwe had an opening balance of Shs6.2m in 2013 but his credit rose to Shs1.2b. Mr Abenaitwe also made several transactions and as at October 8, he had a balance of Shs905m on his account.

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