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Workers Strike Paralyses Masaka USMID Projects

Traminco Uganda Limited is undertaking construction of Edward Avenue, Buddu Street, Ssese Street and Jesserby Street a project worth 17 billion Shillings. The firm was supposed to complete the projects in July this year. However, only 19 percent of the work is done.
USMID officials with contractors during inspection of road works in Masaka

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Construction of four major road projects funded by World Bank in Masaka has come to a halt following a strike by workers.

Workers of Traminco Uganda Limited the firm undertaking construction of road projects in Masaka municipality went on strike on Monday in protest of delayed payments and poor working conditions. The company has not paid salaries for the last two months.

Traminco Uganda Limited is undertaking construction of Edward Avenue, Buddu Street, Ssese Street and Jesserby Street a project worth 17 billion Shillings. The firm was supposed to complete the projects in July this year. However, only 19 percent of the work is done.

Colin Cox, the Manager Traminco Uganda limited blames the mess on another firm which was subcontracted to complete the task. He, however, says they are going to meet with the striking workers to discuss their grievances.

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The strike has coincided with periodic monitoring and supervision by a team from Uganda Support to Municipality Infrastructural Development and World Bank. The team visited the road projects under construction and observed signs of noncompliance to the contractual obligations.

Isaac Mutenyo, the program coordinator Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development says they have observed some faults in the implementation of the project, an indication that the supervisors are not doing a very good job.

He says they have summoned the contractors for a meeting to discuss why they have not completed the work in stipulated time.

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At some sections of Buddu Street, the manholes around the drainage system were found uncovered and most of them had been concealed by garbage.

Masaka Municipality Principal Engineer Augustine Turibarungi says the strike by the workers is likely to affect project completion. At the time of filing this report, USMID officials, World Bank, contractors and Masaka municipal officials were meeting at Hotel Brovad in Masaka to discuss the fate of this project.

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