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Proposed Construction of Drainage Channel at Pece Stream Fails to Start

In 2017, a report by the Ministry of Water and Environment on disasters mapped Gulu City among the areas in Northern Uganda, which are potentially prone to floods. As a result, the former Gulu Municipal Council recommended the widening of the banks of Pece Stream and secured the funding from Fichtner, two years ago.
Pece Stream in Gulu City-Photo By Simon Wokorach

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Fichtner, a German International Organization has given local construction firm, Destiny Construction an ultimatum to construct the 1.5-kilometer drainage channel on Pece Stream in Gulu City. The Shillings 600million project is meant to widen the stream to avert possible flooding in the City.

In 2017, a report by the Ministry of Water and Environment on disasters mapped Gulu City among the areas in Northern Uganda, which are potentially prone to floods. As a result, the former Gulu Municipal Council recommended the widening of the banks of Pece Stream and secured the funding from Fichtner, two years ago.

Gulu municipality contracted Destiny Construction Company in November last year to implement the project within six months. The project deadline elapsed two months ago.  However, Destiny Construction Company has failed to show up since they took over the project site eight months ago. 

Robert Towler, the team leader from Fichtner disclosed to URN in a recent interview that they gave the company a two-week ultimatum to start work. He, however, says that they have not heard from the company even after issuing the ultimatum. 

He says the company has breached its contractual obligations, saying they have no choice other than terminate the contract or withdraw support from the City. The Mayor Gulu City Council, Alfred Okwanga notes that the Council has received a complaint from the donor over the slow progress of the work on the stream. 

He revealed that a recent meeting by the Council Executive Committee recommended that they identify another Contractor to execute the project.  

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Kenneth Gudoi, whose company was awarded the contractor, says that they are reviewing the design because the project was wrongly designed. 

According to the physical plan of the project, it comprises an ecological recreational center along the belt alongside other public offices.

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