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Martin Ola Onyach, the Senior Urban Specialist at World Bank asked KCCA and the contractors to devise means of making up for the time lost. ed lanes, walkways, closed drainage solar lights. For Nakawa-Ntinda and John Babiiha, there will be signalised junctions aswell.
07 Nov 2019 07:55
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The recent rains have slowed down ongoing road works by Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA.  The authority is currently constructing 6km of Kulambiro Ring to Najeera link, 2km of John Babiiha (Acacia) Road and 3km of Nakawa-Ntinda road.  

The others are the 9km of Kabusu-Bunamwaya-Lweza Road in lot two and 8km of Lukuli-Nanganda Road in lot three. The project estimated at Shillings 260 billion is being implemented under the Kampala Infrastructure Institution Development Project KIIDP II funded by the World Bank. 

China State Construction Engineering Company is handling the road works in the first and third lots while Stirling Company limited is handling the second lot. Construction work started in May 2019 and was expected to last for 15 months for lot one and 18 months for Lot two and three.   

The contractors were expected to have completed relocation of utilities line electricity, water, telephone lines, confirm the road designs, ferry equipment to the site and recruit personnel by end of June. However, this wasn’t achieved as the relocation of the utilities and recruitment of personnel is still ongoing.

The construction rate stands at 2.27% on average compared to the anticipated 7% with in the same period. For instance on Lukuli-Nanganda road, 3km of physical work has started on the 8km road project. According to the consultant Eng. Umar Bagampadde, only 2.27% of the works has been completed compared to the anticipated 8%.     

On Wednesday, a team of KCCA officials and World Bank inspected the road works and noted the delays. The contractors blamed the slow progress of the works on the ongoing rains, saying they can’t carry out some activities during heavy rains.

Eng. Stephen Kibuka, the Ag. Project coordinator noted the delay and said they might be forced to extend the project by two months. 

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Martin Ola Onyach, the Senior Urban Specialist at World Bank asked KCCA and the contractors to devise means of making up for the time lost.  In response, Eng. Kibuka said they are working under the clock to complete all the necessary procurement to make available all the materials needed to avoid any further delay.  

KCCA has also secured a permit from National Environment Management Authority-KCCA NEMA to operate in the night. Eng. Kibuka also explained that the works in the night will include especially transportation of material such that workers are able to start work immediately during day. 

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Kibuka says transfer of utilities has also consumed some time and had a financial implication on them. They are now working with National Water and Sewerage Corporation-NWSC and other service providers like UMEME to see that in future construction works don’t require relocation of utilities. 

He says they have planned for future expansion of for instance water pipes such that when need arises NWSC doesn’t cut roads extensively while expanding the supply.  They have installed reserve pipes. 

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Apart from the rains, the work on Lukuli-Nanganda road is also being affected by resistance from the community. Some community members don’t want KCCA to cut a huge Mvule tree found in Kiruddu zone in Buziga Makindye Division. 

The tree said to be more than 50 years is viewed by some people as sacred and treasure. Aidah Namwanje, a resident in the area says occasionally people come and perform ritual rights at the tree. 

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The project consultant, Eng. Umar Bagampadde, says there is continuous engagement with the community to resolve the stalemate. He says they have also commissioned a study to see how if they preserve the tree or not. He however says they would have to adopt a new design that can handle the pressure that comes from the huge tree that has deep roots.   

Never the less, residents like Grace Namande of Kizungu zone in Lukuli are excited about the project. This snacks dealer says that when the road is completed, it will make the area more attractive and boost business. 

Transport too will be eased as currently, the road is so dusty and filled with potholes. She however urged KCCA and the contractor to manage the water flow when it rains. The contractors are still constructing a drainage channel, which Namande says has exposed them to flooding.    

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Kate Tusingwire also a resident of Kizungu applauded the works under taken so far. She however asked that the work be expedited.  

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