Committee Faults Ex-Attorney General On Loss Of Funds
The committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) has pinned the former Attorney General over loss of an arbitration suit filed by a private construction company against government.
In 2012, Dott Services Construction Company filed a petition against the Attorney General at the Center of Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, challenging Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) over failure to pay it 14 billion shillings to do maintenance works.
Dott Services claimed that despite several reminders to pay the money for the works under the Backlog Road Maintenance Programme, this was not done prompting the petition. The tribunal thereafter awarded the construction company Shs 6.6 billion, after the Attorney General’s office failed to file its defence to UNRA.
The committee, while meeting former Attorney General, Peter Nyombi and state attorney, Kasibayo Kosia, learnt that UNRA faulted the Attorney General’s office, which was under the stewardship of Peter Nyombi then, of laxity in handling the case.
Nyombi however defended himself, stating that due to questions raised on the impartiality of one of the tribunal members, Justice Alfred Kakorora, whom he said had conflict of interest due to his dealings with one of the parties in the case. Committee members however tasked him to explain why his office had been defiant in attending hearings of the case.
Nyombi declined to comment and instead shifted the question to Kasibayo, who explained that due to delays in releasing funds to the defence team within time, Dott won the case.
He claimed that when he requested for Ugx 120,000 to file the defence, it was not released within the five days given to government to file its defence. Some MPs were visibly angered by this revelation and accused the Attorney General’s office of sloppiness.
The committee said it will summon all officers from the Attorney General’s office, who handled the case.