USMID Road Construction Commissioned in Kitgum Municipality :: Uganda Radionetwork


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The works valued at 16.1 billion shillings cover a total of seven roads crossing 2.89 kilometers in the Pandwong and Central Divisions. A Chinese company, China Railway 18 Bureau Group Co. Ltd, won the tender for the construction, which is expected to last 15 months.

The first phase of road construction in the Municipality of Kitgum has been commissioned, thanks to the Municipal Infrastructure Development Support Program funded by the World Bank (USMID)

The works valued at 16.1 billion shillings cover a total of seven roads crossing 2.89 kilometers in the Pandwong and Central Divisions. A Chinese company, China Railway 18 Bureau Group Co. Ltd, won the tender for the construction, which is expected to last 15 months.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony in Kitgum Municipality on Wednesday, Lands Minister Judith Nabakooba called on the contractor to deliver quality work and on time. She also tasked the supervising consultant to ensure that the contractor delivers in accordance with the contractual agreement.

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Nabakooba says that due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, USMID projects in many municipalities, including Kitgum, have dragged on, adding that the contract must speed up work to avoid new ones. delays in its implementation.

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She notes that the project is a blessing for urban development in the Municipality of Kitgum and notes that if the funds are used well, there will be more chances of securing more funding in the future. Nabakoba, however, tasked city council leaders with ensuring transparency in the implementation of the USMID program.

Kitgum City Council has so far received 13.5 billion shillings from the government for the implementation of the USMID project. The government is expected to spend more than 9.5 billion shillings this fiscal year 2021/2022 for the same project.

Mario Obiga Kania, the Minister of State in charge of lands, housing and town planning, however called on the inhabitants and local leaders of the municipality to take ownership of the project for its proper implementation. He notes that currently the majority of the population is moving from rural to urban centers, a trend that requires more engagement in the development of urban areas and the development of physical development plans.

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Kitgum City Council Mayor Richard Ojara warned the contractor about the poor-quality work, arguing it risked reprimand and sacking.

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Zhang Zhiwei, commercial manager of China Railway 18 Bureau Group, pledged to provide good value for the project, citing the company has the capacity and competence inside and outside the country.

He said the company is currently in the mobilization phase, adding that it will initiate reviews of road design and transportation of equipment within the country and outside the project site to the municipality. by Kitgum.

The roads that will be built in the first phase are Janani Luwum, Lakidi, Philip Adonga, Kitgum Road, Tom Apila, all in Central Division, Oneka Road and Aya Hellen Dean in Pandwong Division.

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