Chinese Company Pays Back Money To Government
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.