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Moroto Leaders Concerned About Delayed Road Works :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Moroto Leaders Concerned About Delayed Road Works

The shs 7billion project under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure development (USMID) has a 0.8kilometer stretch of two streets of Jie and Lopeduru connecting to the Moroto central market. The contract to tarmac the two streets was handed over to Abubaker Technical Services in July 2021, and its completions were expected in October, 2022 all in vain. The contract was then extended to May 2023 but the works have not been completed.
The street under construction in Moroto Municipality. According to the USMID Engineer, the works stands at 93 percent

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Moroto municipality leaders have expressed concerns over the delayed construction of Loperu - Jie Road.

The 7 billion Shillings project under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) has a 0.8-kilometer stretch of two streets of Jie and Lopeduru connecting to the Moroto central market.

The contract to tarmac the two streets was handed over to Abubaker Technical Services in July 2021, and completion was expected in October 2022. The contract was then extended to May 2023 but the works have not been completed.

Leaders are questioning the competence of the Company to spend three years constructing a 0.8-kilometer road. They also claimed that the contractor was doing substandard work.

Ismail Mohammed, the Mayor of Moroto Municipality said that they do not have any contract with the construction company and the work has not been done to their expectations.

Mohammed said that they gave the contractor adequate time hoping that they would do diligent work.

He said that they have spent over 800 million Shillings on the extensions and the council is not ready to add more funds. He said that the USMID should fit the bills or the constructor uses their own money to complete the work.

He noted that the streetlights have not been procured and the drainage culverts are of substandard.

Mohammed observed that the USMID project is ending this year bringing worries if they will be able to catch up with time.

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Richard Eyaru, the Town clerk of Moroto Municipality noted that they have only paid a construct sum of 40 percent and the remaining balance will be completed upon finishing the works.

Eyaru said that they wished to clear the balances but value for money has not been seen on the results yet.

He said they have agreed with the consultant to work under the defect liability period that has already started running up to July next year.

Eyaru said that the consultant should supervise his constructor knowing that their budget is exhausted and no more money will be paid.

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Eng. Lawrence Walulya, the USMID project engineer, explained that although the works are at 93 percent, the delays were caused by the increasing prices of materials.

Walulya observed that some work had not been done properly and they instructed the constructor to correct the errors before it was handed over to the municipal council.

He said that they are pushing the constructor to ensure that the works are complete before December this year when the USMID project is ending.

Walulya said that the works such as installations of streetlights, landscaping, and garbage bins have not been put in place and the constructor should consider working on it as soon as possible.

  He said the USMID would not be responsible for any additional funds because the delays were caused by the constructor.

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However, Timothy Wassajja, the contract manager at Abubaker Technical Services attributed the delays to an increase in fuel prices that affected their initial budget in the bidding.

Wassajja also noted that there was a delay from the municipal council to review and approve the design before the work kicked off.

He explained that the extension was awarded based on the challenges they encountered during the construction.

Wassajja emphasized that they are doing everything possible to finish the remaining works before December and hand over the two roads to the municipal council.

He revealed that the works of culvert drainage are not yet completed and they intend to construct it to a higher class compared to what was expected to be executed.

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