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Construction of Gulu City Landfill Stalls over Lack of Funding

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.
Pupils in Gulu City Collecting Plastic Waste in Bardege -Layibi Division in Gulu City -Photo by Jesse Johnson James

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The construction of the 3.5 Billion Shillings landfill in Gulu City has stalled over a lack of funding.

Geomax Construction Company is undertaking the project on a 7-acre piece of land located in Agwee Ward in Pece Laroo Division.

The construction of the landfill is being funded by the German Development Bank and the German Development Corporation and supervised by FICHTNER Water and Sanitation.

Construction 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.

He also 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 June.

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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Michael 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.