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Chinese Firm Appends Signature for Multi-Billion USMID Road Works in Kitgum Muncipality :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Chinese Firm Appends Signature for Multi-Billion USMID Road Works in Kitgum Muncipality

Kitgum Municipal Council Town Clerk Emmanuel Banya says that the contract signing marks the final journey to actual implementation of road works in the Municipality.
One of the roads within Central Division in Kitgum Municipality that will be constructed with funds from Wold Bank.

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A Chinese firm, China Railway 18 Bureau Group Co Ltd, has finally agreed with Kitgum Municipal Council to undertake the construction of 2.89 kms of roads funded by the World Bank.

Officials from the Chinese Firm appended their signature on the Shillings 16.1 billion contract road work on June 10 from the firm’s head office in China. The contract document which has just been released to Kitgum Municipal officials had been under review by the firm’s officials after undergoing approval by the Solicitor General in Kampala last month. 

Kitgum Municipal Council Town Clerk Emmanuel Banya told Uganda Radio Network in an interview Tuesday that the contract signing marks the final journey to actual implementation of road works in the Municipality.

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The Municipal Council officials last month along with officials from the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban development signed a 12-month contract with the Chinese firm for the multi-billion road project being implemented under Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development program-Usmid.

Banya says each kilometre of the road work is expected to cost about 5 billion shillings. Earlier, a section of residents and local leaders in Kitgum Municipality raised questions on the seemingly high cost of the road works compared to the few kilometres of roads selected.

But Banya noted that the high cost is necessary since the road works will involve Asphalt technology that lasts for long and suitable for highway roads, unlike surface dressing road works which are cheaper. 

He says the road will also involve a lot of specialized machines and be accompanied by unique features such as Boda Boda stages, litter bins, street lights, and drainages among others.

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Banya says the Municipal Council has since issued a commencement letter to the Chinese firm and Trio Consultants Ltd, a Ugandan consultancy to commence work and architectural design review respectively.

He says the contractor is now expected to begin mobilizing equipment, open up the campsite, and recruitment of personnel before an official groundbreaking for actual construction work.

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The roads expected to be constructed in the first phase are Janani Luwum, Lakidi, Philip Adonga, Kitgum road, Tom Apila all in Central Division, Oneka road, and Aya Hellen Dean in Pandwong division.

The road works will be proceeded by the construction of a multi-billion Kitgum modern Bus Terminal and later beautification of Pager River in the second phase of the USMID program.

According to the architectural design made by Comptran Engineering & Planning Associates, the Bus Terminal will have 109 Lockup shops, Ten Ticketing offices, a standby generator, Two Medical offices, nine restaurants, three Nursing mother’s rooms.

Others are 62 open stalls [outdoor], 340 open stalls [indoor] and 21 water points, 19 Bus park slots, 49 Taxi Park slots, 12 private car parking slots, 84 toilets, 40 showers, three offices, 22 stores among others.

The design also includes the construction of four roads leading to and around the Main Bus Park. They are, Dr Panganini Road, Louis Ongom Road, Bus Park Avenue and Park Avenue roads all measuring 0.81 kms.