Now, Abraham Byandala, the Works and Transport minister says government has contracted China Railway NO3 Engineering Group Company Limited to undertake the road construction.
Now, Abraham Byandala, the Works and Transport minister says government has contracted China Railway NO3 Engineering Group Company Limited to undertake the road construction. He says the project, which is expected to last three years is expected to cost Government 230 billion shillings adding that, the projected is fund by tax-payers.
Byandala says since the project has delayed, government has decided to compensate all affected the people as the project proceeds. He has appealed to those who haven't received compensation not to disrupt the road works saying they will be paid in due time.
In 2012, angry Sembabule and Bukomansimbi residents led by their leaders staged demonstrations to protest the delayed construction of the road. Muhammad Kateregga, the Bukomansimbi LC 5 chairperson says they are excited the project has finally kicked off.
He says currently many coffee farmers in his district access the market with hardship because of the poor state of the road. Kateregga has asked the contractors to execute an excellent job bearing in mind that government has injected a lot of money in the road works.
George William Kavuma, a resident of Bukomansimbi says he will only celebrate once the project is complete. Kavuma says despite the commissioning of the road works, he is not sure the project will be implemented.
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Motorists plying the route say it has been very costly to maintain their vehicles because of frequent breakdowns. John Mukiibi, the chairperson Bukomansimbi Taxi Driver's Association says on average five vehicles breakdown each day on the road.
Mukiibi is also excited about the road works saying it will cut down their costs once the construct work is completed. Viola Namuli, a trader in Bukomansimbi town council says she stopped selling soft drinks because of dust from the road.
She hopes to resume her business once the road works are completed.