Unra cancels Dott services contract, kicks out roadside vendors

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Uganda National Roads Authority [UNRA] last night kicked off an exercise of evicting roadside vendors from all Kampala city roads in a move to reorganise road reserves.

The enforcement action to reorganise road reserves started Monday morning with roadside vendors at Kibuye along Entebbe road.

By the time, the market vendors arrived at their favourite spots to hawk different items; UNRA’s enforcement team was already camped and positioned along the roadsides.

The team says the vendors have already been notified and their leaders have been engaged for the last two years on the matter.

UNRA team kicks vendors off roadsides

 

Unlike the Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] exercise that left street vendors stranded, UNRA  says they have already it has already earmarked markets like Usafi along Entebbe road to accommodate those who will be kicked off the roads.

The authority argues that vending in the pedestrian walkways may be convenient but not safe for other road users.

UNRA terminates Dott Services contract on Tirinyi road

The exercise of evicting roadside vendors comes shortly after UNRA terminated the contract of Dott Services, which was charged with the construction of Nakalama-Tirinyi-Mbale road.

The firm is accused of shoddy work, according to the termination letter written by the UNRA executive director, Allen Kagina.

“Our teams are taking stock of safety issues this morning as part of the take-over process,” the authority said in a social media statement over the weekend.

Dott Services was also implicated by a commission of inquiry into mismanagement of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), which recommended for the blacklisting of the firm.

President Yoweri Museveni has since ordered government agencies not to award contracts to the construction company.

“An entity that wants to be shielded from being investigated should not expect to participate in government projects,” Museveni wrote in a letter.

“I have also received several credible information relating to fraudulent dealings by Dott Services that are not acceptable.”

Last year, UNRA went to the Commercial Court, seeking to recover Shs29.8 billion it claims was fraudulently obtained from it by Dott Services Ltd, a road construction firm.

UNRA accused Dott Services Ltd and Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC), of conniving to claim the said money as compensation from UNRA for the delayed commencement of the construction of two roads in eastern Uganda in 2010.

Earlier, Dott Services Ltd had sued the roads authority, seeking Shs18bn for alleged breach of contract over periodic maintenance of the Jinja-Kamuli Road.

Dott Services said UNRA conducted a design review of the maintenance project to cater for increased traffic on the road, leading to an increase in the contract scope and time for implementation.

In the UNRA suit, the road agency claimed it signed a contract with Dott Services in 2010 for the construction of the Tororo-Mbale road and the Mbale-Soroti road for a period of 18 months at a cost of Shs30.2 billion and Shs46 billion respectively.

Dott Services instead demanded Shs29.8 billion from UNRA for the delayed commencement of the road construction, claiming that it lost the money in the 509 days they were not working between 2010 and 2011.

After an audit, UNRA found that the money was fraudulently paid to the construction firm since there was never any delay in commencement of works.

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