Bad weather coupled with poor state of roads has slowed down the construction of the proposed the Kiprotich High Altitude Training Centre (KHATC) in Kapchorwa district. Construction of the Kiprotich High Altitude Training Centre in Teryet parish in Kwoti Sub County started in January 2017 and is expected to be complete by January 2020.
Chinese firm, China National Complete Plan Imports and Exports Corporation is undertaking the Shillings 25 billion project. The project will see the construction of among others a hostel, external kitchen, jogging track and sports stadium. Once completed, the facility is expected to offer training ground for athletes across the country.
The contractor has already graded the proposed site for the facility, which is named after the World and Olympic marathon champion, Stephen Kiprotich. The marathon star has expressed concern about the slow progress of the construction work, a thing he blames on bad weather and poor road network.
He explains that although the contractor is on site, the poor state of Kapenburia-Kwoti road that has hindered the transportation of murrum to the site.
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Christopher Chepkuroi Songhor, the Kapchorwa District LC 5 Chairperson is equally concerned over the poor state of Kapenburia- Kwoti road, which has affected the construction work. "Work has stalled for the past one month. Materials cannot be transported to the site over the poor state of the road," the chairperson said. He said the contractor would have worked on the road during the dry season.
Kapenburia- Kwoti road is under the central government. Rogers Bongo, the Engineer China National Complete Plan Imports and Exports Corporation limited, confirms the slow progress of the works that he blames on the bad weather and poor state of roads.
He says despite the challenge, they are doing everything possible to ferry material to the construction site. George Ssonko, the Manager Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA Mbale Station, told URN at his office this morning that they are aware of the bad state of the road.
He said UNRA would start grading Kapenburia - Kwoti road next week to allow the construction work to go on smoothly.