According to officials from the Uganda Railways Corporation Worker’s Union, among them engineers, the locomotives were designed to run on 90-ton rails yet the current railway line is designed for only 80 tons.
fights over jobs and money are to blame for the challenges affecting Uganda
Railways Corporation-URC, the State Minister for Transport, Fred Byamukama has
revealed. He revealed this during his visit to the URC station in Kampala to
inspect the ongoing repairs of the triangular section and newly acquired locomotives.
The visit stemmed from
reports indicating that the Shillings 48billion locomotive
are incompatible with the old Uganda rail system. According to officials from
the Uganda Railways Corporation Worker’s Union, among them engineers, the
locomotives were designed to run on 90-ton rails yet the current railway line
is designed for only 80 tons.
also argue that the triangular section of the railway is small for the new long
locomotives. URC has however said the
failure for the train to turn is exaggerated, saying that this is what they are
currently working on before they can kick start operations of the train on
Monday next week.
URC Civil Engineer Geoffrey Obara says they are
undertaking spot track improvement and modification
to the triangles or turn points for the locomotives to
operate safely. They expect to complete the works by November 15, 2021.
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He also says it is not true that the locomotive
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Stanley Sendegeya, the Managing URC Director URC
when asked why the triangular section is still being worked on after the
purchase of the locomotive, said that they are within their program. He said
the locomotives would move on 15 November.
He says what they are doing now is
customization. He says more triangular sections in Jinja and Tororo among
others are being fixed as well.
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However Fred Baymukama, the Transport State
Minister notes that the whole challenge in the sector is a result of infighting
especially for money and jobs. He says that the Government is currently
investigating the resignation of the Engineer, Julius Musimenta who procured
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He says that the whole situation at the
corporation will be investigated, saying those who do not want to work and are
focusing on infighting will be sent home.
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He says that he has got assurance that the
locomotives will work on Friday, saying he will return to witness the flag off.
On his part Sendegeya, the URC Managing Director says that those who are
fighting will not sustain it especially with distortion of information.
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Recently, the management of URC laid off close
to 200 staff in line with a decision from the board. Union workers say that the
workers did not get a fair hearing and some left without their benefits. Sendegeya
is barely two years in office after replacing Charles Kateba.