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DIGG Challenges Contractor to Expedite Jinja USMID Roads

During her inspection of the ongoing road works in Jinja City, Achan noted that only 71% of the work had been completed, and it seemed unlikely for the contractor to meet the agreed-upon timeline.
Part of Kamagala channel, which is under construction by Zhongmei Engineering group limited in Jinja city.

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The Deputy Inspector General of Government, Patricia Achan, has called on Zhongmei Engineering Group Limited to expedite the rehabilitation of roads and drainage channels in Jinja City under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development-USMID project. The roads included in this project are Clive Road East/Clerk Road (1.89 km), Bell Avenue East/West (1.466 km), Busoga Avenue (0.75 km), and drainage works spanning 1.782 km.

The project commenced on June 13, 2022, with a one-year contract period and an additional one-year project liability period. However, the physical progress of the project is lagging behind schedule. The completion of both the roads and drainage channels, valued at 16.5 billion Shillings, was originally scheduled for handover on June 13, 2023. However, only 52.7% completion had been achieved, leading to a four-month extension until October 31, 2023.

During her inspection of the ongoing road works in Jinja City, Achan noted that only 71% of the work had been completed, and it seemed unlikely for the contractor to meet the agreed-upon timeline. Achan expressed concern that the delayed project completion poses a risk to service delivery and could result in increased project costs, which would be a burden on taxpayers.

She also emphasized that the USMID project is set to conclude on December 31, 2023, and it is imperative that all contractors working on various projects across the country complete their work before this exit date.

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The project manager for Zhongmei, Wang Jie Feng, known as Peter, explained that the delays were primarily due to design reviews that necessitated the widening of drainage systems. This prompted the controversial decision to cut down Mvule trees, leading to protests and the eventual suspension of the project. Wang also mentioned that the roads undergoing rehabilitation host various underground utility lines, including national water lines, private internet cables, electricity poles, police camera stands, and solar lights, among others. 

The relocation of these utilities required consensus with the responsible agencies, further contributing to delays. Wang assured that their teams are prepared to lay asphalt on Wednesday but cautioned that unpredictable weather patterns, marked by erratic rains, could potentially affect the quality of their work.

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