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Gov’t To Stiffen Construction Procedures

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clinic http://companyimpact.com/waterbills/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/text.php geneva; font-size: small;”>While addressing journalists in Kampala on Tuesday, http://chachanova.com/wp-admin/includes/class-core-upgrader.php Edward Ssimbwa, http://cotro.com/wp-includes/class-feed.php the Ministry’s Acting Commissioner Public Structures noted that the new law will help to control and regulate construction.

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“The buildings need to be inspected and also regulate construction of buildings according to approved standards. This is what the law will seek to address,’’ noted Ssimbwa.

He further noted that the committee would be formed at local government level to oversee the approval of plans and also carry out inspection of buildings.

“The committee will consist of inspectors and their assistants who would monitor buildings at foundation, substructure and super structure levels so that they conform to the standards,’’ stressed the architect.

He therefore noted that buildings would be first certified by the inspectors before being flagged off as being safe.

The revelations come in the wake of an increase in the number of accidents and other unpleasant incidents in the construction industry.

Buildings have lately been collapsing especially in Kampala, killing scores.

Experts believe lack of adequate knowledge in the planning and construction of buildings is partly responsible for the collapse of housing structures.

Meanwhile, Augustine Obyero Mugisa, the Acting Director of Engineering in the Ministry of Works and Transport noted that the ministry is soon tabling another Bill to help regulate contractors in the country.

He noted that the construction industry plays an important role in the in the development of the country but stressed the need to regulate the activities of the contractors for purposes of streamlining their operations and encouraging fair play during contract tendering processes.

He therefore stressed the need to help them carry out their jobs properly. “If passed into law the Bill would help the local contractors also compete favorably with the foreign contractors.”

“Foreign contractors repatriate profits to their home countries on top of being awarded all the contractors in the country,’’ added Mugisa.

He therefore noted that the bill would help train local contractors and also help them secure guarantees at low prices.

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