Members of parliament sitting on the physical infrastructure committee have been surprised to learn that the SGS Company that was contracted to inspect vehicles in the country is doing this without any formal supervision from government.
This was revealed during an interface between the parliamentary committee on Physical infrastructure with the Officials from the ministry of works and transport headed by state minister for Transport Aggrey Bagiire , permanent secretary Bageya Waiswa and commissioner transport regulation and safety Katushabe Whinstone among others.
The committee chaired by woman MP for Luwero district Lillian Nakate is probing the illegalities surrounding the SGS contract which was stopped from inspecting vehicles last in June.
Among the many concerns raised by MPs in relation to bleaching of contractual obligations include failure to submit periodical reports of operation, accuracy and maintenance of equipment, the seem to be exorbitant fees used in purchasing of land housing SGS centers, failure to establish other centers in all five regions of the country as in their contract.
The MPs including William Nzoghu, Richard Othieno, James Waluswaka , the committee chairperson Lilian Nakatte among others all questioned how SGS that has been in operation for clause to a year could continue in service without government supervisors whose work would be to assess how these are operating.
In his response the commissioner for transport regulations and safety in ministry of works Katushabe Winstone admitted to this lope hole noting that they have been using contract management team that has been occasionally visiting the three operating centers though its not their mandate to supervise the work that goes on here.
The state minister for transport Aggrey Bagiire notes that yes there where uncoordinated issues that were not seen in awarding the inspecting of vehicles contract to SGS but appeals that parliament lets the ministry liase with all the responsible parties to put all issues right for the better services to Ugandans.