The airport expansion project which started in 2015 covers the extension of the passenger terminal, construction of a new cargo centre, and refurbishment of the airport’s two runways. As part of the project, M/s Seyani Brothers (U) Ltd was contracted for the landside expansion which sought to provide a new Arrivals and Departure block.
The Civil Aviation Authority has been asked to recover a sum of 2.1 billion Shillings that was paid to SEYANI Brothers,
the contractors for the re-modification of Entebbe Airport.
The airport expansion
project which started in 2015 covers the extension of the passenger
terminal, construction of a new
cargo centre, and refurbishment of the airport’s two runways. As part of
the project, M/s Seyani Brothers (U) Ltd was contracted for the
landside expansion which sought to
provide a new Arrivals and Departure
The project is funded by CAA to the tune of 42.6 billion Shillings and supervised by Ssentoogo & Partners Limited at a cost of 1.1
billion Shillings. But members of the Parliamentary Commitee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprise have established that the contractor has already been overpaid by 2.1 billion Shillings.
The matter came up today as the committee started investigating findings
of the review of the technical audit into the expansion of Entebbe
International Airport. According to the review, sample
items of executed works that were compared with certified
quantities in interim payment certificates showed an anomaly in payments made to M/s Seyani brothers.
committee led by the chairperson and Nakawa West MP Joel Ssenyonyi wants this money recovered.
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The authority has also for the third time failed to explain the 6 billion
Shillings variation in architectural designs for the expansion of the
International Airport also worked on by Seyani brothers. The contract
rose from 43 to 49 billion Shillings.
Although COSASE has been interfacing with the
officials from UCAA for the third time, the Authority has failed to provide
documents forcing the Committee to adjourn the meetings several times. He says the Authority did not to date justify
the use of 6.4 billion Shillings.
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But Ronald Twesigye, the Manager
Aerodrome Engineering, Planning and Development at the Civil Aviation Authority said that although the initial design was meant to
cater for two blocks, this was changed after a review, and incorporated into one
single block. He said that the changes also created room for Uganda Airlines, a development that
hadn’t been catered for in the first design.
Twesigye said that the new
design will handle additional 3.5 million passengers per annum.
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committee also questioned the CAA Director-General for reportedly employing
relatives. Ssenyonyi explained that he got information from a whistleblower indicating
that several officers at the Authority including Ronald Twesigye who was
present and others were Bamwesigye’s relatives. The committee tasked the CAA authorities to come with a list
of the mentioned officers and how they were employed.
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UCAA Director-General Fred Bamwesigye, however, said that the accusations were politically motivated