Pakwach–Nebbi road Developed Cracks During Liability Period

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However, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the Chairperson of the UNRA Commission of Inquiry says the road is in a worse state than it was before it was upgraded from gravel to bitumen in 2005.

Pakwach - Nebbi road started developing cracks and potholes before the defect liability period, preliminary investigations by the UNRA Commission of Inquiry have revealed.
 
In 2001, government contracted China Road and Bridge Construction Company to undertake the construction of Pakwach - Nebbi road. The construction work was completed in 2005 at Shillings 22 billion.
 
However, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the Chairperson of the UNRA Commission of Inquiry says the road is in a worse state than it was before it was upgraded from gravel to bitumen in 2005.


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Fan Wei, the project manager China Road and Bridge Construction insists they did a good job. According to Wei, while the road was constructed to carry trucks between 20 to 30 tons, they have trucks of more than 60 tons using it.

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Engineer Patrick Rusongoza, a member of the Commission also faulted the Chinese firm for failing to follow the road design. He says some layers of the road were never constructed although forked out Shillings 6.7 billion for the layers.



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Pakwach - Nebbi road was built under the Road Agency formation Unit (RAFU) with funding from the World Bank. The state of the road prompted President Yoweri Museveni to set up a Commission of inquiry into the affairs of Uganda National Roads Authority. 

 

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