Kitgum Municipal Council Mayor, Richard Ojara Okwera says the Municipality has only 10 kms of tarmac roads which were provided by the government two years ago adding that the rest of the road networks are gravel.
Two weeks ago, the government deferred 691 names of beneficiaries from Kitgum Municipality citing a mismatch in details provided on their contacts and National Identity Numbers-NINs. The beneficiaries were part of the 3,675 vulnerable people registered for government support, within the three divisions of Pager, Central, and Pandwong in Kitgum Municipality.
Kitgum Municipal Council signed a contract with Trio Consultants Ltd in June this year to supervise, China Railway 18 Bureau Group Co Ltd that was contracted to undertake the 16.6 Billion shillings road construction.
Alfred Alexis Abonga, Kitgum Municipal Council Engineer disclosed on Monday that the firm defeated three other contractors. They are Zhongmei Engineering Group Ltd and Chongquing International Construction Corporation-CICO that presented high quotations and Sea Tape For Trade & Investment Co Ltd that failed to meet the requirement for technical personnel.
Emmanuel Banya, Kitgum Municipal Council Town Clerk told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the returned fund is expected to facilitate implementation of infrastructural works under USMID project this first quarter.
Alfred Alexis Abonga, the Kitgum Municipal Council Engineer says they have recommended that the design adopted for installation of solar street lights on Kitgum and Philip Adonga roads should instead be used for all the roads.
Emmanuel Banya, the Kitgum Municipal Council Town Clerk told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the money is meant to aid implementation of the first phase of infrastructural development this financial year.
Emmanuel Banya, the Kitgum Municipal Council Town clerk disclosed that government has procured Comptran Engineering & Planning Associates, a consultancy firm from Ghana that will undertake designing of roads in the municipality.
William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, says that there is limited development at the market site at the moment compared to the duration the works commenced. He attributed the delay to bickering between the contractor and consultant.
William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, says the disagreement between the two firms has greatly affected the progress of the work. Komakech says the poor working relationship between the firms visibly manifest by quarrels in their site meetings.
Alfred Alexis Abonga, the Kitgum Municipal Council Engineer says that they had initially submitted to the Lands Ministry 17.54 kilometres road to be constructed but priorities were made only for four Kilometres in the first phase.