HOIMA– Local leaders in Bugahya county, Hoima district have asked the Minister for lands, Housing and Urban Development to investigate what they describe as poor workmanship on the newly constructed 118 kilometre road networks under the Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project-ARSDP.
The request was made on Friday at Kyabigambire sub-county headquarters where Hon Betty Kamya, the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development was commissioning the eight roads constructed at the level of first class marrum with funding from World Bank.
The UGX 19.7 billion roads project which is at completion level is being executed by Abubaker Technical Services and General Supplies Limited.
Robert Mwanga, the LC3 chairman for Buraru sub county explained that although they commend government for improving the road network, but there was poor workmanship on the drainage system especially culvert installation.
Jamil Kasangaki, the LC3 chairman for Buhanika sub-county however accuse the contractor of failing to display the contract bill of quantities-BOQ to the leaders for easy monitoring.
Alex Mwesigwa, the LC3 chairman for Kyabigambire says that some issues need to be sorted out before the roads are handed to the community. He adds that some sections have no murrum while others have already begun to experience stagnant waters.
In response, Minister Kamya directed the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, the project consultant and other stakeholders to investigate the matter within two weeks and report to her office for action.
She vowed to come back when the report is out to explain to the public saying they will not receive the roads as government until the issues are sorted out satisfactorily.
However, Eng Enock Kalema, the contractor’s resident engineer admitted that some works were still ongoing and the problem will be sorted. He however says some residents have refused to channel drainage off shots to their lands demanding for compensation yet the project has no compensation component.
The roads worked on include; Kihobya-Kyarubanga-Bukerenge, Kiboirya-Iseisa-Kigorobya, Kitoba-Kabasengeya-Kiboijana and Waaki-Kiryabutuzi-Mparangasi.Others are Bulindi-Waaki-Dwoli, Kyakapeya-Kisiita-Kibaire and Kafo-Wagesa-Buraru.