Parliament recently put a halt to the ongoing mandatory inspection of all vehicles by a private company SGS pending a fresh investigation that will establish the status of the exercise much to the relief of many motorists.
“This came as a relief to me because i had tried several times to reach the venue for inspection but everytime i would try, there would be alot of congestion.I was always worried that my car would be impounded yet i collecting the inspection fee of 150,000 Uganda shillings was becoming problematic in a way.This also the same car is use to get to work and also send children to school,” says Margret Nambuya, a resident of Namugongo in Wakiso district.
The move to halt the exercise was triggered when the Mukono North Member of Parliament, Muyanja Ssenyonga, petitioned the house over the irregularities in the inspection exercise including charging exorbitantly, uncoordinated communication of the exercise among other issues.
This prompted Parliament to ask the Minister for works, Ntege Azuba, to present a report to government about the activities SGS which had been disregarded by the legislators as shallow calling for an investigation.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, among other MPs also questioned the requirements for inspection, the fees levied and how much government gets from the exercise but with unconvincing answers from the minister.
Parliament has also resolved that all communication and announcements in the media about the exercise should be stopped immediately as investigations take shape.
MPs Muyanja Ssenyonga, Latif Ssebagala, James Kakooza and Barnabus Tinkasimire welcomed the house resolution.
Authorities in the Ministry of Works and Transport however, say the inspection is aimed at getting rid of unworthy motor vehicles from the Uganda roads.