UNRA to Re- Advertise Construction of Tirinyi- Mbale Road

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Harsha Rao, the Project manager Dotts Services, says the Shillings 73 billion cant even cater for the construction of more than 20 kilometers of tarmac given the requirements of the road.

Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA is to re-advertise the contract for the construction of Tirinyi-Mbale Road following anomalies in the previous exercise.
 
 
Morris Ewama, the Engineer In Charge of Nakalama- Tirinyi to Mbale road construction project, says that in 2015 UNRA contracted Dotts Services to work on the road at Shillings 73 billion without presenting the engineering design that details the bills of quantities.
 
The company was expected to complete the road works within a space of 25 months. He however, notes that on presenting the engineering design, it was realized that the cost of road works was grossly under estimated, which called for a review.
 

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Harsha Rao, the Project manager Dotts Services, says the Shillings 73 billion can't even cater for the construction of more than 20 kilometers of tarmac given the requirements of the road. Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets guidelines require a contractor to present a detailed technical engineering design before they are awarded any contract.
 

Engineer Isaac Wani, Director for Planning and Engineering at UNRA condemns the blind award of the contract to Dott Services.
 
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This comes just months after UNRA sued Dotts Services and Engineering Consultants Limited for fraudulently acquiring close to Shillings 30 billion for the construction of Mbale - Soroti and Tororo- Mbale roads in 2010.
 
 
Records in the Works and Transport Ministry show that Nakalama - Tirinyi to Mbale road was built by Energo Projekt Construction Company in 2002. However, the road has deteriorated due to the theft of culverts, heavy traffic and lack of routine maintenance.



According to the plan, Nakalama - Tirinyi to Mbale road scheduled for rehabilitation in 2008, but this wasn't done.