Contractor on the Spot Over Alleged Shoddy Work

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The company was contracted by Uganda National raods Authorities to upgrade the roads in question to first class murrum at a cost of 900 million shillings.The roads ease connection between the sub counties of Ihunga, Kibatsi,Bwongyera and Nyamunuka town council .

 A company contracted for the construction of the Kyamajumba-Omubucence and Nyamunuka - Kikonje road is on the spot for alleged shoddy work.

Dove Engineering Limited was contracted by Uganda National Roads Authorities-UNRA to upgrade the roads to first class murrum at a cost of 900 million shillings. The roads ease transport to the sub counties of Ihunga, Kibatsi, Bwongyera and Nyamunuka town council.

The contractor was also supposed to fix culverts to ease drainage and also restore the road boundaries that had been covered in grass and human encroachment.

However the road users are expressing concern that the road works are not in line with what was expected.

The locals accuse the contractor of instead narrowing the road, using soil instead  murrum thus making the road slippery. Some of the culverts have also been destroyed making sections of the road impassable.

Johnson Beyanga a resident of Bwongyera Sub County says that the works do not reflect value for money.

Julius Nareba a resident of Omubucence says the contractor threatens residents who question their works saying that they were trying to sabotage government programs.

Kajara County Member of Parliament, Michael Timuzigu says that he personally approached the contractors but they were concerned about the complaints from residents.

However the Company's resident Engineer Loy Namata, says that the company has done nothing wrong and are working as per the bills of quantities.

She also denied claims that their workers had on several occasions intimidated the residents.

 

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