USMID Construction Works Resume in Fort Portal

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The program was halted in May after the municipal council terminated Plinth Technical Services Limited, a Zambian firm contracted to construct the -Kilometer Nyakaana-Kabundaire road. The road financed to a tune of 5.2 billion Shillings, was supposed to have been completed last year.

Construction works under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development-USMID Program have resumed in Fort Portal municipality.

The program was halted in May after the municipal council terminated Plinth Technical Services Limited, a Zambian firm contracted to construct the -Kilometer Nyakaana-Kabundaire road. The road financed to a tune of 5.2 billion Shillings, was supposed to have been completed last year.

But the contractor never accomplished the task. He was also accused of presenting shoddy works on some sections of the road leading to the termination. However, a new contactor, Abubaker Services Limited has taken over the task which involves tarmacking and expansion of the road.

Fort Portal Municipality Mayor Rev Willy Muhanga says that the contractor has been given two months within which to complete the road. Muhanga says that an additional five roads have been earmarked for expansion and tarmacking thereafter.
 
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Last year during an evaluation, the Ministry of Local Government singled out Fort Portal municipality as one of the poor performing beneficiaries the USMID program, a 5-year World Bank Funded project aimed at enhancing the institutional performance and service delivery in 14 municipalities across the country.

The 14 beneficiaries include Arua, Gulu, Lira, Soroti, Moroto, Mbale, Tororo, Jinja, Entebbe, Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, Fort Portal and Hoima. While work in a few other municipalities stalled, fort portal was singled out for failing to utilize an allocation of 3.2 billion Shillings and flouting procurement process.  

In April this year, the State Minister for Economic Monitoring, Kasiriivu Atwooki said Fort Portal risked losing out on the second phase of the USMID funding due to delays to complete construction of the road.  Kasiriivu said that despite the availability of funds, Fort Portal is among the municipalities which are slow at implementing the USMID program. 

 

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