Ugandan MPs question status of Standard gauge Railway

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KAMPALA, Uganda

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has opened up inquiries into two major infrastructure projects; the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and the Construction of a new Kampala Port in Bukasa, at the showers of Lake Victoria.

The inquiry relates to how the projects started close to a decade ago, have not taken shape, in the face of heavy budget allocations from the taxpayers.

Mr Waiswa Bageya, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Works and Transport was appearing before the committee, Thursday, to answer audit queries raised by the Auditor General, John Muwanga, for the year ended June 30, 2018.

The committee chaired by Budadiri West MP Nathan Nandala Mafabi questioned why despite the finalization of a Master Plan and the topographic surveys for the development of the new Kampala Port at Bukasa, the ministry has not commenced actual construction works at Bukasa.

The Bukasa Port is Part of the development of the Central Corridor from Kampala across Lake Victoria to Mwanza, Musoma to Dar-es Salaam on the Indian Ocean. It is to be jointly developed by Uganda and Tanzania.

It is meant to act as an alternative route for the Standard Gauge Railway which covers the Northern Corridor from Kampala to Mombasa.

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