Legislators Threaten Action Over Halted Construction of Tirinyi-Mbale Road

Legislators from Bugisu and Teso threaten to demonstrate
Legislators from Bugisu and Teso threaten to demonstrate

Members of Parliament from Bugisu and Teso sub regions have threatened to protest if construct of Mbale-Tirinyi Road does not resume immediately.

The area lawmakers John Baptist Nambeshe, Mariam Naigaga of Namutumba, Pamela Kamugo of Budaka and David Abala of Ngora county claim the road is impassable especially during the rainy season.

Kamugo said the voters especially the business community are angry that the works on the road have been halted.

“We don’t want to keep burying people every day on such minor excuses where the supervising agent is blaming the contractor and the contractor is blaming the supervisor; let Ministry of works intervene and make sure the work on Mbale-Tirinyi road starts by Monday. Failure to do that, they will have another feel of the area MPs,” Kamugo warned.

The works on the Mbale-Tirinyi road came to a standstill after Uganda National Roads Authority terminated the contract of Dott Service over delays and shoddy work.

“The status of the road is deplorable; it has become an accident prone road and a death trap. As we talk now, they have heaped marram almost all over the road from Nakalama to Mbale; the authorities including the head of state are to blame on this,” Nambeshe said.

Nambeshe wondered why Dott Service was awarded a contract given its poor record on not portraying value for money in all the works they have done.

The Media Relations manager in UNRA Executive Director’s office Allan Ssempebwa told Chimpreports that the body is expediting the procurement process to get a new contractor on board by September.

He however called for calm among users and MPs because in the meantime, UNRA has deployed its maintenance team on the ground to ensure the road is passable.

UNRA contracted Dott Services in 2015 to work on the road at 73 billion shillings and complete works within 25 months without presenting an engineering design.

Later, Dott Service complained and requested for price review claiming that the project was under estimated.

Tirinyi – Mbale road was built by Energo Projekt Construction Company in 2002.

However, Nambeshe said that the road is in a worse state than it was before Dott services started the project.

“This road should have been concluded four years ago but now it is incomplete and worse than before; I wish it was left as it were because it was much better and more usable and motorable.”

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