Residents Protest Poor Road Works

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Residents of Kabale municipality are protesting the shoddy work done on Rugarama road.

Residents of Kabale municipality are protesting the shoddy work done on Rugarama road. Earlier this year, Kabale municipality contracted Axis Lines Company limited to tarmac Rugarama road at the cost of shillings 1.2 billion.
Rugarama road serves institutions which include Bishop Barham University, Diocese of Kigezi, Three primary schools, two secondary schools, a vocational institute as well as Nyamweru sub county. However, a few months after the road works the tarmac started peeling off drawing angry reactions from residents.

They accused the municipal authorities of failing to monitor and supervise contractors leading to shoddy work.  Patience Atuheire, a resident in the area she expected a better road but she is disappointed with the quality of work executed by the contractor.  Atuheire says the tarmac put on the road has peeled off at various points and exposed murrum.
Bosco Muhereza, a special hire driver says that contractor should be compelled to repeat the road works be he did a substandard job. Moses Kasolo, another driver advises the authorities to insist on value for money.

He demands that the contractor should be paid and given another contract in the future. Jowelia Kakooza, Kabale Municipality deputy mayor says that they have received the complaints from received and had held meetings to chat a way forward. She says that their investigations show that about 1.8 Kilometers of the road was poorly done.

Kakooza explains that they have ordered the contractor to redo the sections that have raised protests from residents. She blames the shoddy work on lack of a project monitoring committee to check on the contractor. Alex Tumwesigye, Kabale Municipality engineer defends the contractor saying he used standard material, adding that only a small section of the road is affected. He says the municipality will withhold part of the payment until the contractor works on the portion under contention.

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Tumwesigye says attributes the problems on the affected part of the road to delays by the municipality to release money, which interfered with the road works.

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Paul Ndyamuhaki, the director AXIS Lines Company limited has not yet commented as he could not be reached.


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