Tempers Rise In Kiryandongo Over Potholed Roads

Minister Byandala is being investigated by police over road construction fraud

physician geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Odong was speaking at a ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation of 56km road from Kiryandongo to Karuma at Karuma primary school.

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“The rehabilitation of this road has been long overdue, we have been waiting and now it has come to pass. Very many people have lost their lives because of potholes on this road and now much as government has injected in money, the contractor must do quality work. We do not want shoddy work here,” Odong said.

The function was presided over by the Minister of Works and Transport, Engineer, Abraham Byandala.

The area LC1 Chairperson, George Abonga, at the beginning had already complained that a Chinese company that was contracted to rehabilitate the road is not employing their sons and wondered how local people would benefit from such a project.

“When the President came here last year to launch Karuma hydropower project, he promised that our sons and daughters would be employed when the rehabilitation of this road begins but now workers are being ferried from other areas,” Abonga stressed.

In response, Minister Byandala apologised to the road users over the poor conditions of the road saying, they have been patient enough.

Odong addressing residents

“For many years, this has been the worst road network in the country whose construction is now being funded by the government of Uganda to a tune of Shs 56bn and I therefore, take this opportunity to thank you for paying taxes,” he said.

Byandala also instructed the contractor to employ people from areas where the road cuts through and instructed the executive director Uganda National Roads Authority to avail district leaders with bill of quantities so that they are able to know what the contractor is supposed to do.

He, however, cautioned locals and leaders against instructing the contractor but instead when they see a mess they have to inform UNRA.

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