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Airport expansion: Civil Aviation Authority ordered to recover Shs 2.1bn overpayment

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) is accused of Shs 2.1bn overpayment for airport expansion

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) is accused of Shs 2.1bn overpayment for airport expansion

The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) has been ordered to recover a sum of Shs 2.1 billion 'overpayment' to Seyani Brothers, the contractors for the re-modification of Entebbe airport.    

The airport expansion project which started in 2015 covers the extension of the passenger terminal, construction of a new cargo centre, and refurbishment of the airport’s two runways. As part of the project, M/s Seyani Brothers (U) Ltd was contracted for the landside expansion which sought to provide a new arrivals and departures' block.

The project is funded by UCAA to the tune of Shs 42.6 billion and supervised by Ssentoogo & Partners Limited at a cost of Shs 1.1 billion. But MPs on the parliamentary committee on commissions statutory authorities and state enterprise (Cosase) have established that the contractor has already been overpaid by Shs 2.1 billion. 

The matter came up on Thursday as the committee started investigating findings of the review of the technical audit into the expansion of Entebbe airport. According to the review, sample items of executed works that were compared with certified quantities in interim payment certificates showed an anomaly in payments made to Seyani. Now the committee led by the chairperson and Nakawa West MP Joel Ssenyonyi wants this money recovered.

The authority has also for the third time failed to explain the Shs 6 billion variation in architectural designs for the expansion of the airport, also worked on by Seyani brothers. The contract rose from Shs 43 billion to Shs 49 billion.

Although Cosase has been interfacing with the officials from UCAA for the third time, they again failed to provide documents justifying the Shs 6.4 billion contract increment. 

But Ronald Twesigye, the manager aerodrome engineering, planning and development at UCAA said that although the initial design was meant to cater for two blocks, this was changed after a review, and incorporated into one single block.

He said that the changes also created room for Uganda Airlines, a development that hadn’t been catered for in the first design. Twesigye said that the new design will handle additional 3.5 million passengers per annum.

The committee also questioned UCAA director-general for reportedly employing relatives. Ssenyonyi explained that he got information from a whistleblower, indicating that several officers at UCAA including Ronald Twesigye who was present at the meeting and others were Bamwesigye’s relatives. The committee tasked the UCAA authorities to come with a list of the mentioned officers and how they were employed.

Bamwesigye, however, said that the accusations were politically motivated.

Comments

+2 #1 Zaitun 2021-10-08 16:34
When you were busy embezzling tax payers' hard earned money, it was not politically motivated. But now that people are getting on your neck, you start crying foul, that all is politically motivated.

But who are you trying to implicate in wrong doing if not your own self. You come from the big man's home, and you often eat together, and therefore you should not be touched, is that it?

Who knows you figure among those who are hidding stollen dollars in either Panana or in one of those hundreds of Islands in the West Indies!!!

Time will come when you thieves will vomit out of your stomacks whatever you had swallowed so as to be the fattest Ugandans!!!
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0 #2 Sandra Alum 2021-10-09 10:12
Thank you greatly Cosase..! Such thugs who are overpaying a contractor without documents to back and justify the payments must be exposed and put on "sanctions list" internationally...
the company that was overpaid received the payment and kept silent about it??? Was it a conduit for thieves???
Just asking..
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+2 #3 PaulM 2021-10-09 12:44
I don't think there is a more tribalised parastatal than CAA. Its even worse than URA.

COSASE should dig deeper into their recruitment processes
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0 #4 kabayekka 2021-10-09 14:10
It is unfortunate how these very important institutions are badly administered and yet they are very important strategic infrastructures.

Uganda is land locked and the airport is a very important modern outlet and inlet for this country's economic survival.

This must be a project that should have been worked on day and night for one year and not for 7 years since 2015.

Actually this is an airport that should be in the responsibility of the Buganda Kingdom land tenure system of over 7 square miles.

As this land on which this airport is situated is Ganda traditional and native land, the king of Buganda has the right to officially consolidate this very important economic project. Who exactly is getting all the land rent from this international land port?
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+1 #5 kabayekka 2021-10-09 14:23
This is a government that keeps saying that such very important economic issues as oil extraction and airport ownership and maintenance plus public transport utilities, are classified economic items in this country.

And they must not be put out to the public for discussion and close scrutiny. That is why blatant corruption continue unabated in this country as the cost of administration goes up in trillions of shillings.
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0 #6 Akot 2021-10-10 17:08
kabayekka, understood, but,

Uganda doesn't belong to Ugandans anymore as it's Museveni's family business!

As Ugandans maintain the tribalistic system making UNITY impossible, the best they can do is not go for next presidential/parliamentary elections that will only ensure Museveni's family business, while the situation, even for Buganda, will get worse!

Without UNITY to end Museveni's rule, formation of Independent Tribal States is the other means to save tribes & their land riches from being Museveni's properties legally, officially, constitutionally!

Ugandans MUST make up their minds & act NOW, or they are dommed for good!
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