Lake Victoria project to face probe
Monday, January 20, 2003
New Vision (Kampala, Uganda). By Cyprian Musoke
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has directed the Ministry of Water, Lands and Environment to write to the Inspector General of Government and Criminal Investigations Department to investigate a stalled sh4b Lake Victoria Environment Management Project information systems contract.
The project, funded by the World Bank and the Global Environmental Fund was contracted out to Rank Consult and EUROMARKINT. It was supposed to be completed within 12 months that ended October 2000.
However, three years later, after receiving an advance of US$289,799 (sh520m), and defaulting on the contractual obligations in terms of time and quality of work, the project is said to be a non-starter.
"It is suspected that by the way the project is being implemented, there could be some underhand activities. We therefore instruct the accounting officer to take interest in the project and ensure an investigation by the IGG as a matter of urgency, to ascertain whether the consultants are still willing to complete the project," PAC chairman Jack Sabiiti said. Ends