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Bududa Water Project Stalls

Anthony Wakooli Kutosi, the Bududa District Water Engineer, wonders why the contractor abandoned the work yet the Water Ministry paid them Shillings 11 billion.
Bududa District officials have expressed concern over the delayed completion of the Shillings 16 billion Bududa-Nabweya gravity water flow scheme.

In July 2013, government contracted CMIC-KOL Services Limited Joint Venture with funding from the African Development Bank to construct the gravity flow scheme. The project was expected to be completed by 2015.

However, Bududa LC V Chairperson, Wilson Watira, says the contractor abandoned work before completing the project. He says although they would love to take action against the contractor, they don't have basis to do so since they were not in charge of the procurement.

He says after failing to complete the work on time, they extend the project completion four times but this didn't help in anyway. Watira wants the Water Ministry to terminate the contract of CMIC-KOL Services Limited Joint Venture and identify another contractor to complete the project.

Bududa-Nabweya gravity water flow scheme was meant to serve Bukigai, Nabweya and Bushiribo sub counties.  He however, says it was later expanded to cover Bulucheke and Bududa Town council. The project was in fulfillment of president, Yoweri Museveni's pledge during his visit to the area in 1989.

Anthony Wakooli Kutosi, the Bududa District Water Engineer, wonders why the contractor abandoned the work yet the Water Ministry paid them Shillings 11 billion. However, Brian Ocholla, the Site engineer of CMIC-KOL services limited joint venture dismisses allegations that the project has stalled.

He blames the delayed completion of the work on impassable roads, which forces them to carry construction materials on their heads. Ocholla claims that the contract period runs until March this year, adding that they will have completed the project by then.

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