19October2017

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THE Privatisation Unit has denied any role in the transfer of the title for Uganda Railways Corporation (URC) land in Nsambya to the Uganda Land Commission. The unit said it was a government decision. The parliamentary committee on state authorities and enterprises on Tuesday tasked officials of the unit to explain circumstances under which the Railways land in Nsambya and Port Bell, had been disposed off.

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The sale of Uganda Railways Corporation’s assets in Kenya has been halted, Mr David Ssebabi, the director of Privatisation Unit, has said. Without elaborating, Mr Ssebabi said the Divestiture and Reform Implementation Committee (DRIC) had done this for ‘strategic reasons’.

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The Government is to re-open the Tororo-Pakwach railway line at the end of July after the completion of rehabilitation works.

Darlan De David, the Rift Valley Railways (RVR) group chief executive officer, in a letter to works minister Eng. Abraham Byandala, said the rehabilitated line will be completed on July 31.

In the June 20 letter, David said the rehabilitation works to Gulu would be completed by June 30. The letter was copied to the Uganda Railways Corporation and the Privatisation Unit in the Ministry of Finance.

“However, without the five level crossings between Lolim and Pakwach, we will complete works on July 15. In the event that the crossings are addressed in time with the full cooperation of the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), we are confident that we shall be able to begin trial runs on the line from July 31,” David added.

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Current procurement laws are rigid and inflexible, making them untenable for the new dispensation of Public-Private Partnerships. 
 
Aston Kajara, the State Minister for Finance minister revealed that a new law governing Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) has been considered by Cabinet and is currently being reviewed by the parliamentary committee on finance.
 
“The procurement law is elaborate and most public servants do not understand it. It dictates that government must advertise every tender while Public Private Partnerships can be exclusive at times,” he said.

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