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Jinja Traders Protest Delayed Completion of Road Works

On Tuesday, the traders spent two hours in running battles with police arguing that the delayed completions have affected their businesses.
Police officers remove the stones that protestors were using to block traffic along Jinja main street.

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Traders along Jinja Main Street, Jinja municipality have protested the delayed completion of roadworks.

On Tuesday, the traders spent two hours in running battles with police arguing that the delayed completion has affected their businesses.

Led by Moses Batwala, a stationary operator at Nizam road west junction, the protestors carried placards accusing the Jinja municipal council technical officials of conniving with the contractor Stars Group to delay roadworks.

The traders say that the customers face difficulties access the shops due to heaps of soil and unfinished drainage systems.

Batwala says that some of the roads leading to their shops are sometimes closed.

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Francis Byabagambi, the Jinja Municipal Town Clerk, says that roadworks stalled because the contractor is demanding 8 Billion Shillings.

“It is true that the contractor has delayed a bit, but out of the 11.6 billion shillings, we have paid him only 2 billion shillings and ideologically, he cannot work without being facilitated,” Byabagambi states.

Byabagambi adds that the newly introduced Integrated Financial Management System-IFMS is slowing funding of projects in the municipality.

“This road is funded under USMID project and we have the funds on our account but because of this IFMS payment mode which was recently introduced by the Ministry of Finance, it is hard for us to approve funds more so for the projects that were transferred from the last financial year to the current one,” Byabgambi states.