Uganda: Museveni directed who got Road Contracts

There is nothing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni doesn’t touch or directs. He can sell land, build buildings or have the army to get rid of an opponent. It is all happening from whatever government housing his occupying or if his relaxing besides his cows at his ranch. The President can always just send a letter and change policy by doing so.

The President has in the past revised laws by directing his ministers. The President has stopped court cases and ensured the results are going into his favour. Therefore, today’s revelations aren’t shocking, but showing a steady pattern.

On the 15th May 2021 he wrote a letter to Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) director Allen Kagina that Zhongmei Engineering Group was getting the tender and agreement to build the road of Kanoni-Misingi-Mityana (37km).

On the 21st June 2021 he wrote a letter to Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) director Allen Kagina that Chongqing International Construction Corporation (CICO) was getting the tenders and agreements to build the roads of Kabowohe-Kitagata-Rukungiri (65,7km) and Misindye-Kabimbiri-Zirobwe-Wobulenzi-Kapeeka (138km).

On the 29th June 2021 he wrote a letter to Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) director Allen Kagina that Ashoka Buildcon Limited was getting the tenders and agreements to build the roads of Mpigi-Kibibi-Mityana (60km), Kanungu-Hamurwa (47km) and Butogota-Buhoma (32km).

This is giving direct tenders to two Chinese corporations and one Indian one. That is clear that the “Buy Ugandan, Build Uganda” BUBU slogan only gets that far. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the President have given away these tenders to please the loan agreements and interests of secret dealing with the President. If he didn’t have that… we would have seen Dott Services or other known companies getting involved.

The expensive roads and the corrupt practices comes from the head. The President breaks the laws himself. As UNRA isn’t having a tender process and neither is companies fighting to get the tender to build or fix these roads in question. No, the President has already secret agreements which is why his directing the UNRA to write agreements with them.

This shows how shady and how the state is micro-managed. When a President with 80 people in his cabinet and still he directs government organizations to follow his will. That is why his the personification of the state. The President of Life shows his ways by writing these letters.

This isn’t a sign of strength. Just like it is not a sign of strength to have the army to fix everything else. It is not sign of good state when the Head of State decides which companies that are building and constructing roads in the Republic. That job should be done by other with other titles and this is why they are created UNRA in the first place to follow procedures and do it correctly by law. Which isn’t following the direct directions of the President.

These three companies are getting a leeway and didn’t have to do their work. Somewhere and somehow they have gotten it behind closed doors. The President has made these deals and therefore the bureaucracy now has to clean the slate for him. They have to legitimize it… and that’s why the UNRA will in end make “agreements” with these companies. However, it was set in stone and the UNRA director knew that there was no choice.

The “High Above” said so and henceforth it is law. Peace.

Another look into the Oil-Road Cost: “Package 2” Hoima-Butiaba-Wanseko Road!

In the newest report of Oil Roads, which is expected to borrow funds for. The China Exim Bank is supposed to be provider of 85 % of the cost of the operation and building of the roads in these projects. I will only look into one of them, as I have previously looked at this significant one.

This is the Hoima-Butiaba-Wasenko Road. A project that was supposed to start in 2015 and was clocking in funds from the state budgets in 2017. Back in 2015, the road was estimated to cost $126m USD. Today, with the recent report, the same road is costing $179,538m USD. That is jump of nearly $50m in a five years time. In addition, of these bloated funds, 85 % of it will be loaned from China and the rest 15% covered by the Government of Uganda (GoU).

In 2017, this project was designated the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), which signed a deal in January 2016. However, by the time of the report 2019, it is another Chinese Company who has the contract. This is Chongqing International Construction Corporation (CRC) Ltd. With the recent contract, the loans are clearly getting direct back to the Chinese, as their corporations are the ones with the contracts to build. A clever way of borrowing and then getting returns.

With this mind, we can see the changes, see over the years how the price has changed. If Members of Parliament was afraid of the price per kilometre in the past. They should be now. As the changes of price on the same project has changed significantly. There is no doubt, that the Chinese government are getting added loans on each of the packages in this deal. As this is just one of the roads in question.

This is 111km is now costing 659,921,964,460.17UGX in Ugandan terms or 659bn shillings and that equals to about 5,9bn shillings. Therefore, the prices has sky-rocketed and the price per kilometre is abnormal and extremely costly. The overpriced asphalt and the consultation is in absurd levels. The previosly estimated price for this road was about 444bn shillings. Therefore, we can see rising price between the years in both currencies. About 200bn shillings growth in 5 years. 

To many cooks and too few ingredients. They are boiling soup on nails on this one. Wonder how this will end. As I felt in 2017, that the pricing of this particular road was a bit too much, but now they have just escalated it.

We can wonder whose eating, but someone is. We just don’t know who, because there been designated funds to build this one in the past and it has still not commenced. Surely, this road will be built, but at what point. However, with the added loans, the pressure should be on. Also, to secure the oil so it makes financial sense too. That the added value is there. It got to be. Because this project is over the top. This is the real OTT service, paid for by the Chinese and the tab is all taken by the Ugandans. Peace.