The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has explained delays in resuming construction on Nakalama-Tirinyi-Mbale Road which was halted after Dott Services contract was terminated.
Dottt Services was undertaking the rehabilitation of the 102Km road.
The termination, UNRA said, was prompted by the extremely delayed progress of works on the project.
In a statement issued by Mark Ssali, the UNRA Head of Public and Corporate, he states the process to acquire a new contractor is underway, adding: “The entire exercise is expected to be finalized before end of September to enable the new contractor commence works on site.”
This comes after Members of Parliament from Bugisu and Teso sub regions 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 is angry that the works on the road have been halted.
At the time of terminating Dott Services, according to URA, the road was behind schedule by over 60% of the time despite several warnings to the contractor.
“In a bid to save public funds, and in the interest of the Road Users, UNRA repossessed site and the Road Maintenance unit camped on site to ensure the road is sustained in a motorable and passable state until a competent contractor is sourced,” reads in part the statement.
It adds: “At the same time, the process to acquire a new contractor commenced taking a restricted tendering procedure, a faster and shorter process given the need to expedite and have a new contractor on site.”
The Authority therefore assures the public “ongoing process is transparent and will ensure a new contractor is chosen on merit.”
In the interim, UNRA appeal for calm and patience as they conclude the procurement process.