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Construction of Moroto Bus Terminal Complete

Moroto Bus Terminal Project was commenced in 2014 under the Uganda Support for Municipal Infrastructure Development-- USMID project. The project worth 3.8 billion shillings was expected to be complete by June last year.
Moroto Bus Terminal.

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The construction of the bus terminal in Moroto has been completed.

Isaiah Tumwesigye, the Moroto Town Clerk says that terminal will be commissioned next month. He, however, says that the terminal will start operations without a fence and the ramp for people with disability because they were not included in the initial budget.

Tumwesigye, however, notes that the fence and ramp will be constructed in future. 

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Moroto Bus Terminal Project was commenced in 2014 under the Uganda Support for Municipal Infrastructure Development-- USMID project. The project worth 3.8 billion shillings was expected to be complete by June last year.

The terminal was constructed following a request from the municipal authorities. They argued that the lack of a bus terminal was causing congestion in Moroto town and affecting traffic since buses had no designated place to park.

At the start of the project, there were delays in setting of the foundation that required excavation and filling of the soil, an additional expenditure of 714.7 million shillings that was not included in the scope of work.

However, the works stalled along the way as the contractor complained of non-payment. The delays attracted the attention of the Auditor General, John Muwanga, who recommended urgent intervention into the project.

In his 2017 report, the Auditor General observed that there was poor contract management and inadequate supervision of the project.  He also warned that Moroto Municipal Council could lose money by paying for incomplete works or fail to achieve value for money if urgent attention was not given to the project.

In October 2017, Moroto Municipal Council re-advertised for the completion of the Bus Terminal works citing delays from the contractor.

The contractor, Francis Ssembatiya, the Managing Director, Rock Trust Construction Company Limited, claimed he had completed 70 percent of the physical work at the site but had been frustrated by the authorities.

But in June 2018, another report from the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority- PPDA audit findings revealed that the Moroto Bus Terminal had already developed cracks.

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