Kampala, Uganda – The Minister of Security, Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi has said the project to have Russian Joint Stock Company Global Security install digital trackers in vehicles and motorbikes was in the pipeline before he was appointed Minister.
Media reports indicated that the company which was awarded the 10-year contract on Friday last week is facing bankruptcy litigations in Russia and more than a dozen other debt related litigations.
Minister Muhwezi witnessed the signing of the contract. During the signing, he said the contract had been perused and approved by the Solicitor General.
Now, the Minister who has been silent as members of the public condemned him for what they termed as a fraudulent deal, has distanced himself from any wrong doing and assured the country that the signed contract protects Uganda from their expressed fears.
“The Ministry of Security is aware of allegations regarding the financial solvency of the contractor in the recently signed Global Security Contract. As was earlier clarified by the Attorney General, this project has long been in the pipeline and its details agreed upon prior to my appointment,” Muhwezi said in a Tuesday tweet.
He added, “nevertheless I want to reassure the public that the terms of the contract provide the Government with clear rights and protections should the alleged circumstances materialise.”
Yesterday, in a phone interview, Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka also said that government isn’t aware of any bankruptcy order issued against the russian company.
He said the contract was approved by his office.
“Yes, the contract was brought to my office, we approved it and we believe there is no risk, Uganda is not exposed to anything at all,” he said.
“It was approved taking into consideration all the laws of this country and we are certain that we don’t have any order of bankruptcy issued against the company.”