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PHOTO: Anger as Rain Damages Shs120bn Kamwenge-Fortportal Road

Part of the road damaged by rain in Kamwenge Town

By Jimmy Twist

In Kamwenge

Residents of Kamwenge Town in Western Uganda are in total shock after rain washed away sections of the newly constructed Kamwenge-Fort portal tarmac road, order http://collegenotester.com/applications/vanilla/locale/en-ca/definitions.php Chimp Corps report.

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The heavy rains characterized by strong winds and thunderstorms lasted over an hour, http://datedgear.com/wp-includes/class-wp-oembed-controller.php sparking huge floods in the town.

Officials told this website on Tuesday afternoon that Uganda National Road Authority officials have already dispatched a tam to investigate the incident.

The 66.2 km road is being constructed by the reputable Chinese Railway Seventh Group (CRSG) at the cost of Shs 120bn.

According to the World Bank which initially supported the project until it discovered that the Chinese firm’s officials were involved in cases of sexual abuse, upgrading of the road from gravel to paved (Bitumen) Standard was supposed to last 2.6 years from July 11 2013.

After withdrawing funding, government mobilised resources to ensure the road is completed.

Reports that sections of the road can be washed away by a downpour have since angered locals in Kamwenge.

Kibale County MP Eng Cuthbert Abigaba Mirembe told ChimpReports he would coordinate with his fellow legislators from Kamwenge to petition office of the Prime Minister for assistance.

Contractor in the spotlight

A discovery of shoddy works on the road could expose the Chinese firm which is currently upgrading city roads including the roundabouts at Kiira Road Police station and Fairway Hotel.

The state-owned firm is currently undertaking critical construction works in Kampala aimed at easing urban mobility.

These include the dualling of Makerere Hill, Bakuli – Nakulabye – Kasubi and Kiira roads; signalization (installing traffic lights) of Fairway, Kabila and Bwaise; Sir Apollo Kaggwa, Gaddafi, Nakulabye, Bukessa, and Kira Road Police Station).

It was also contracted to reconstruct and widen Mambule road.

On all the above roads that spread in the five divisions of Kampala, the associated infrastructure namely drainage, street lights, walkways, street furniture, sanitation facilities and land scaping will be rehabilitated or where it has not been existing shall be installed by CRSG.

Uganda lost trillions of shillings in shoddy work during the previous UNRA leadership.

The new UNRA Executive Director has since vowed a crackdown on road contractors’ impunity.

Yesterday’s heavy downpour left a trail of destruction in Kamwenge, destroying classrooms and dormitories at several schools including Kamusenene Primary School in Bwizi Sub-county, and Kakinga Primary School in Kamwenge Sub County.

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