Stella Aluka, a businesswoman along Jie Road hopes standard roads will improve the delivery of goods to the stores. She also says that with the security lights in place, theft and housebreakings could reduce when businesses register a boom.
According to the area Mayor, Vincent Kayanja DePaul, Entebbe is still collecting very little in revenue from its tourist attractions. Up to 320 million Shillings is collected through tourism and it mainly comes from Hotel Tax, a levy taken from every hotel guest.
Residents are particularly concerned by the decision of the municipality to block Kutch and Nizam road from crossing through main street road. During the meeting, Florence Kwesiga, who operates a restaurant along Main Street, said the technical officials and the contractor should have consulted them before blocking any road.
It all started after the Forum President, Vincent Kasumba Zziwa led the members to monitor the ongoing works implemented under the World Bank funded Uganda Support to Municipalities Infrastructure Development-USMID projects.
Martin Omoding, the UTL Fixed Access Planning Engineer explained that they have rigid polyvinyl chloride pipes carrying an underground network of copper cables as well as overhead fiber cables installed more than 30 years ago where these roads are located.
The contractor was expected to tarmac the roads, work on drainage systems and install street solar lights. However, residents and leaders say that the contractor has not done even half of the work although the period has already expired.
Four years later, the road works remain incomplete despite having the contract extended several times. To date only the dressing of the four roads has been done. Some of the remaining works include Installation of solar street lights, drainage system, beautification and road-marking.
Plinth Technical Services had completed 93 percent of the works when it was stopped despite several extensions. URN has seen a letter from the Town Clerk directing ILISO Consulting Company, the project consultant to prepare the final accounts so as to disengage with Plinth Technical Services.
The councilors argue that the Mayor, his deputy, office of the Town Clerk and the engineering department have on several occasions been seen monitoring the roads without informing council about the progress or even inviting councilors to be part of the process.
The 6 billion Shillings task was projected to end in June 2015 after a one year contract. However, much of the work remains pending to-date. All the five roads have not been fully tarmacked; the drainage channels are not complete while walkways have not yet been installed.
Fort Portal municipality was in the past year overwhelmed with scandals involving the illegal sale of council land, failure to account for local revenues and illegal award of tenders. Five titles of major properties belonging to Fort Portal Municipality went missing under unclear circumstances.
Joseph Kimbowa, the Masaka Town clerk defended the existence of the 17 houses in the road reserve saying since the project didnt provide for compensation, they just negotiated with the property owners to leave them.
Early this year, Masaka Municipality contracted Longjian Road and Bridge Company limited, a Chinese firm, to undertake major rehabilitation on yellow knife road, Buddu Street, Kabula Street, Edward Avenue and Ssese Street. The project is funded by World Bank at a cost of Ugx 6.3billion.
Ngompek says he has notified Uganda National Road Authority and the works and transport Ministry to suspend ground breaking ceremony until Joseph Kimbowa, the Masaka Town Clerk is investigated for alleged corruption.