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Investigations into railway construction contract fraud kicks off

13 November 2014, 23:00 Godfrey Olukya

Nairobi - Investigations into the suspected fraud in the awarding of the contract to construct standard gauge railway from Uganda-Kenya border into various parts of the country has kicked off.

The construction of the standard gauge railway in Uganda is part of what  east African community countries agreed on to  construct a standard gauge railway connecting all member countries in order to improve on communication and transportation of goods in the region.Each country is meant to construct the railway passing in its country.

However in Uganda,anti corruption groups and concerned Ugandans got concerned when they learnt that a contract worth over 8 billion US dollars had been signed to construct the railway yet in other countries like Kenya,the work was to be done at far less cost.

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A committee comprising of 7 MPs has been instituted by parliament to investigate the controversies surrounding the construction of the standard gauge railway.

The committee comprises of MPs including Robert Sekitoleko, Ongalo Obote, Rose Mary Nyakikongoro, Patrick Amuriat, and Maxwell Akora.

The speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga said that the MPs should examine the contract between Uganda  and a Chinese firm China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC), circumstances under the government cancelled the contract with another Chinese company called China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) to construct the railway from Malaba to Kampala and  the conduct of ministers in the procurement process.

The committee has been given two months to complete their investigations and present its report on January 11,2014.

The leader of the committee,Robert Sekitoleko said,We have already started the work.We will do the investigations to our best without fear or favor.''


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