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Contractor Abandons Bridge Works in Madi Okollo Over Non-payment

In 2019, UNRA awarded Terrain Service Limited the construction contract for three bridges: Acha and Gazi bridges in Madi Okollo District and Alaa Bridge in Arua District, for a lump sum amount of 29.5 billion Ugandan shillings.
The abandoned Acha bridge construction in Alivu Village Pamvara Parish in Ogoko sub county Madi Okollo district.

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The construction of Acha Bridge in Madi Okollo District has come to a halt as the contractor abandoned the project due to a failure by the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to release funds for the works.

In 2019, UNRA awarded Terrain Service Limited the construction contract for three bridges: Acha and Gazi bridges in Madi Okollo District and Alaa Bridge in Arua District, for a lump sum amount of 29.5 billion Ugandan shillings. 

While the works on Alaa and Gazi bridges have been successfully completed, the construction of Acha Bridge along the Inde-Ogoko-Rhino Camp road has stagnated since January of this year. Alex Asindua, a Boda boda cyclist at Rhino Camp Town Council, expressed concerns about the road diversions created for the construction. 

“They have erected the bridge structures but they are incomplete. There are sharp corners on the diverted road section which can cause accidents,” he noted. Elia Ariaka Longo, a resident of Degia village, Olali Parish in Ogoko, says that they attempted to contact the contractor to inquire about the project's status but they were unsuccessful. 

“The contractor together with the workers disappeared from the site in January this year and since then the works have stalled. We tried to reach out to our leaders about the whereabouts of the contractor without any success,” Ariaka said. 

Sunday Dubo Isaac, the LC3 chairperson of Ogoko Sub County, has appealed to the central government to provide funds to the contractor, emphasizing that the bridge construction works should have been completed by now. 

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The economic value of the bridge, once completed, has drawn the attention of Swaib Toko, the Madi Okollo Resident District Commissioner (RDC). 

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The Acha Bridge route is predominantly used by vehicles belonging to UN agencies for accessing Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement to deliver goods and services. Moreover, the bridge plays a crucial role in linking traders to the weekly Okubani market in Rhino Camp Town Council. 

Isaac Galiwango, the project officer at Terrain Service Limited, attributed the incomplete works to non-payment by the government, which forced them to demobilize workers at the site. 

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Allan Ssempebwa, the communications manager at UNRA, stated that his office was not aware of the bridge project and promised to provide details after consulting with the project team. However, no further information has been received at this time. 

According to the construction documents, all three bridges were supposed to have a 1-kilometer tarmac on both sides to protect them from stains and dust.

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