Gov’t Finally Commissions Lira-Kamdini Road Works

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Government yesterday finally commissioned reconstruction of the pothole riddled Lira-Kamdini (78 kilometer) road.

The section is part of the 340-kilometer-long Tororo – Mbale – Soroti – Lira – Kamdini North Eastern Corridor Project (NERAMP).

Mota Engil, a Portuguese firm was on June 27, 2018 contracted to execute the entire stretch in two batches at a total sum of Shs 622.6 billion.

Works were supposed to be completed on February 12, 2027 but delays to carry out emergency works on the Lira-Kamdini prompted the Lango Parliamentary Group to imagine they had been duped.

At one point, the caucus which is headed by Judith Alyek threatened to strip naked in protest.

“The construction of this road came with a lot of questions from the communities we represent that why are we not taken as a priority? Don’t we vote for the National Resistance Movement (NRM) which is in Government? Why is Lango sub region having only 3% of the tarmacked road network? Does the Government really have money and what is it doing?” Alyek recalled.

Minister Ecweru and leaders from Lango Sub Region

State Minister for Transport (Works) Musa Echweru while launching the road, at St. Mathias Church of Uganda (COU) Primary School in Baramidyang in Kole district on Thursday, blamed the delay on a deadlock with the Project Financiers, World Bank (WB).

“The President of this country, the Government does not promise air. And we have to be honest; we had a lot of hurdles with the World Bank. A lot of very steep hurdles to jump and as we were working with the World Bank to jump those hurdles, the community was suffering,” he said.

According to media reports, the contractor Mota Engil came up against resistance while trying to secure a certificate of compliance to Environmental and Social Safe Guards which is a prerequisite for WB funded projects.

“The President prescribed two solutions. The first one, he said if this hurdle with the World Bank is becoming too high for us to jump and the suffering is continuing, why don’t we suspend it and do it as Uganda? And he directed us to look for resources to fix this road but if our friends and partners of World Bank can also review external and stringent regulations without breaking the laws but accept to know that this is a serious and pertinent matter, then we shall do that,” Echweru recalled.

But as they were about to do this, he elaborated that the other party softened and as such they reverted back to the original arrangement.

“So we met the leadership of the World Bank and we said make it faster than the normal speed you always employ. And it is the consequence of those engagements that have brought us here today and I want to thank the World Bank, particularly the new management for being very professional and flexible,” Echweru commended.

The Minister as such vowed to supervise the project to the very end and ensure that quality is maintained.

“This Mota Engil Group, I know them. We have interfaced and worked with them in some areas, they believe in quality because they have a name to protect. My prayer is that sometimes I am told that you contractors when you are doing things in the city you are very careful and then when you go to the rural areas like Kamdini, then you compromise quality,” Ecweru said.

 

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