UNRA defends contractors who did shoddy work in Buhweju.

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Uganda National Roads Authority UNRA has defended the contractors said to have done shoddy work on roads linking to Buhweju district.

Uganda National Roads Authority UNRA has defended the contractors said to have done shoddy work on roads linking to Buhweju district.

The first road from Nyakabirizi in Bushenyi district through Birere to Nsiika 45kms was contracted to SKEDA engineering company and the second road measuring 44kms from Nsiika -Bihanga to Katerera in Lubirizi district was taken up by LUBMARKS Investments Limited all based in Kampala.

The roads were contracted at a tune of UGX 568m upon completion.

Early this week, members of the African Parliamentary Network against Corruption, Uganda chapter led by western youth M.P Gerald Karuhanga accused the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) officials at Mbarara station of paying the contractors for no work done.
 
Karuhanga tasked UNRA to explain the anomalies and account for the money spent on shoddy work.
 
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The parliamentarian’s intervention followed a petition by the Buhweju district Local Government working committee led by Deo Atuhire.
 
Atuhire petitioned MPs to intervene and investigate what he termed as shoddy work on the two major roads that remain impassable and have paralyzed business and service delivery in the area.
  
Early 2011, the Government had promised to construct the two roads from Buhweju District to improve trade in the area which was being hampered by the poor state of the road network.
 
Asaph Abenaitwe, UNRA station engineer Mbarara, defended the work on the Nyakabirizi -Birere to Nsiika road. He said that the road had been fixed as per the contract and the contractor paid UGX 262m.
 
Abenaitwe defended SKEDA saying they was only contracted to do 37kms instead of 45kms as claimed by the MPs.
 
He said the 8kms which remain undone has been taken up by Mbarara station engineers.
 
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UNRA also defended LUBMARKS Investments Limited that abandoned Nsiika –Bihanga-Katerera road. He said that the contractor had faced a number of challenges ranging from the heavy October rains to the rough terrain of the area.

Abenaitwe said UNRA appreciates that the contractor only managed to grade 24kms of the road out of the 44kms before abandoning the work.
 
He said though the contractor abandoned the work, he will be paid for what he did and another contractor engaged to complete the road stretch.
 
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The poorly constructed Buhweju- Nsika -Nyakabirizi road is vital for the heavy trucks ferrying lime stone to Hima cement factory in Kasese District and tea to Kyamuhunga factories in Rubirizi District.