construction of the 3.5 Billion Shillings landfill in Gulu City has stalled
over a lack of funding.
Construction Company is undertaking the project on a 7-acre piece of land
located in Agwee Ward in Pece Laroo Division.
of the landfill is being funded by the German Development Bank and the German
Development Corporation and supervised by FICHTNER Water and Sanitation.
works kicked off in June last year and were expected to be completed last month.
Edmond Opiyo, the Gulu City Procurement Officer who doubles as the Project
Manager for the construction works says that work at the construction site has
stalled for over 2 months since January this year due to a lack of funding to
enable to contractor to finish the work as required.
Opiyo revealed that since the funding comes straight from Germany upon request,
the entire process to have the money reach the contractor’s account takes a lot
of time, hence affecting work. He adds the works are likely to be hindered by
the rains since the landfill is located in a low-lying area.
added that since the contractor could not complete the work in time as
stipulated in the contract, the contract period has been extended to the end of
Christo Omara Balmoi, the Gulu City Engineer says that the contractor shall
resume work by the end of next month when funds are availed and other
construction materials are supplied from China.
According to Balmoi, the work progress at the construction site stands at only
about 20 percent. He revealed that the sorting and storage facilities as well
as the office block are already on the ring beam level.
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Lubanga, the Acting Gulu City Health Inspector however says the delay in the
completion of the landfill is not affecting the solid waste disposal since
there is still space near the landfill under construction for disposing of the
garbage collected from the city.