Richard Okwera Ojara, the Kitgum Municipal Mayor says the persistent delays in completion of the market construction have worried vendors who have for the past years been operating in makeshift satellite markets and eager to occupy the new market.
government has for the fourth time extended the deadline for the completion of Kitgum
Main Market. The market is being constructed under the second phase of the
Markets and Agriculture Trade Improvement Project (MATIP 2).
of the 23.8 Billion Shillings market started in June 2019 and was initially
scheduled to be completed by July 2021. However, the contractor failed to
complete the project within the initial set deadline and was given up to
November 30 2021 to complete the project.
again requested an extension and was granted another 60 days ending on
January 30. With the progress at the market construction currently nearing
completion, the deadline will not be achieved, which has prompted the
government to grant the contractor additional 60 days ending on March 30.
engineer at the Ministry of Local Government Eng. Denis Magezi says they have
persistently justified the deadline extension since the contractor had
presented reasonable challenges that affected the completion of the project works
as rescheduled. He explains that the delays were due to technical glitches
encountered by the contractor at the initial stage of the project construction
and the effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID 19) pandemic.
Okwera Ojara, the Kitgum Municipal Mayor says the persistent delays in
completion of the market construction have worried vendors who have for the past
years been operating in makeshift satellite markets and eager to occupy the new
advised the contractor, the consultants, and the project manager to ensure that
all outstanding issues affecting timely contract completion should be addressed
within the additional time.
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supervisor at China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) Limited,
Wang Zhi Wei, reiterates that this is their final extension request and pledged
assurance that they will accomplish the work project works within the extended
The market will accommodate 1,500 vendors and will have lockups, stalls,
banking institutions, a beauty care centre, storage facilities, and a daycare centre.