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Chinese Company Pays Back Money To Government

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A Chinese-owned company, Chongqing International Construction (CICO) has paid back to government money it imposed on Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) as a fine.

CICO imposed the Shs 1.8 billion shillings fine on the authority for de­lay­ing to is­sue the com­pany with an En­vi­ron­ment Im­pact As­sess­ment (EIA) cer­tifi­cate.

The cer­tifi­cate, a req­ui­site as­sess­ment undertaken to assess en­vi­ron­men­tal con­se­quences of a pro­ject be­fore pro­jects, is is­sued by the Na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (NEMA). The com­pany, in fin­ing UNRA, faulted the au­thor­ity for de­lay­ing to is­sue the EIA on time, which led to a four-month de­lay in up­grad­ing to bi­tu­men of the 138 bil­lion-shilling Vurra-Arua-Koboko-Oraba road.

However last week, the MPs faulted the Chi­nese com­pany su­per­vis­ing con­trac­tor, Robert Gyesi, a Niger­ian na­tional with Comptran En­gi­neer­ing and Plan­ning As­so­ci­ates, for ill ad­vis­ing UNRA to pay the fine.

Addressing the media on November 30, 2016 at Parliament, the chairman of the Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises committee, revealed that the company refunded the money on Friday last week.

Katuntu also used the briefing to fault UNRA for its laxity in verifying the claims and allowing to pay the fine without doing due diligence.

The committee has also resolved to conduct an appraisal of all private companies which conduct business with government, in a bid to look into the terms of contract. Anita Among, the committee vice chairperson says this will help to avoid incidences of government losing money recklessly.

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