The China Railway Group 18 has been awarded the contract for the
construction of 7.788 kilometres of roads in Gulu City.
The roads were approved by the Council for the second phase of
construction under the Uganda Municipal Support for Infrastructure Development-
USMID World Bank Project of 41 billion shillings.
They include Oola Lubaro Road, Vincent Opiyo Road, Lakana
Odongkara Road, Francis Barabanawe Road, Onono Road and Nelson Mandela
Six construction firms bided for the contract late last year and
they include Zong Mai Construction Company, Starling, CHICO and Multiplate
Construction. Others are Sea Tape Construction and the highest bidder
China Railway Group 18 which is awarded the contract.
Edward Kiwanuka, the Gulu City Town Clerk says that the contract
was awarded to the Chinese firm based on the good performances of the Company
and capacity to manage the project.
Kiwanuka explained that the Company is yet to sign the contract
early next week as work is expected to commence in the next three weeks.
Cue in…” because we are…”
Cue out…” the performance guarantee…”
Alfred Ojok, a Boda Boda cyclist Kanyagoga Ward in Bar-Dege Layibi Division has
expressed happiness that two of the roads in the area will be rehabilitated.
Ojok explained that most of the roads in the area are impassable
with motorcycles which have affected their business.
However, Molly Atim, also a resident of Kanyagoga Ward noted that
much as the roads in the area are in dire need of rehabilitation, the people
need to be compensated to vacate.
However, most of the roads in Bardege-Layibi Division have
remained in bad conditions which have in the past sparked off a series of
protests in the last five years as residents demanded their rehabilitation.