President Museveni vows not to tolerate any corrupt group in the Standard Gauge Railway Project

Friday 9th January 2015
State House PPU

President Yoweri Museveni has vowed he will not tolerate any corrupt group in the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Project.

“We have the human capacity to work on the railway project. We need technical collaboration to implement it. Uganda has got Engineers from the Engineering Brigade who are available to roll out the railway project. We need the railway from Kenya through Uganda to South Sudan. It will also be extended to neighbouring Rwanda,” he said.

The President made these remarks yesterday at State House, Entebbe during a meeting with a delegation of the Special Parliamentary Committee on the Standard Gauge Railway. The President used the occasion to expound on a number of issues pertaining to the progress of the project.

Mr. Museveni said the China Harbours and Engineering Company had secured the railway project contract worth US$6.6 billion. He said the new project would be implemented at a width of 1.435 meters adding that the NRM Government has done research in railway construction and made comparisons with other countries before deciding on the way forward. He observed that Uganda has got similar land terrain to a number of countries such as India, Brazil, Indonesia, and Malaysia and that data acquired from such places can be used to gauge accuracy of construction costs.

He revealed that divulgence of any information pertaining to allegations of corruption during the procurement process would not be let out until the prosecution process by the Inspector General of Government (IGG) is completed. He said that he had revealed information to the members of the Special Parliamentary Committee on the Standard Gauge Railway so that it would be used appropriately.

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