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Contractor Questioned for Delaying World Bank Project in Masaka :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Contractor Questioned for Delaying World Bank Project in Masaka

A team of supervisors from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development have established that less than 40 percent of the work has been accomplished, with less than a month left to the end of the contract. The team established that the company does not have the required manpower to undertake the task.

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Stars Group limited, a construction company contracted to undertake works on World Bank-funded projects in Masaka municipality is on the spot for failure to deliver on its contractual commitment.

A company from Lebanon was hired to undertake major construction works on Katwe and Alex-Sebbowa roads in Masaka municipality at a cost of 13 billion Shillings, under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development-USMID, a World Bank-funded project designed to improve infrastructure in select municipalities.

According to the contract agreement signed with the municipality, the contractor committed to complete the 4 Kilometers road works in a period of eight months running from September 2017 to May 2018.

But a team of supervisors from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development have established that less than 40 percent of the work has been accomplished, with less than a month left to the end of the contract. The team established that the company does not have the required manpower to undertake the task.

Besides the very little manpower, the supervisors also found at the site only three locally-hired machines that included an excavator and two tipper Lorries and hardly any materials had been bought. 

Paddy Joseph Walter, the Commissioner for Urban Development at the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development faults the contractor for having lied on the company's capacity to execute the project, saying there is apparently very little hope of having the work delivered on agreed time.

Walter warns that the municipality is risking losing out on the second phase of the project funding if the contractor fails to complete on time, arguing that the ministry has no room for expanding the project time

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Alatrach Bilal, the contracts site manager failed to provide convincing answers to supervisors who queried their competence to deliver the project.

Aaron Turibarungi, the Masaka Municipal Principal Engineer says they are going to force the contractor to subdivide the works with a more competent firm for purposes of ensuring success.

He confirms that the current contractors overstretched their capacity while signing the contract agreements, arguing that municipality may also be compelled to penalize them for the failure to meet their commitment.

But Alatrach Bilal, the contracts site manager who pleaded to be allowed more time, noted that they are delayed by limited financial resources a challenge they did not foresee at the contract's signing.

He, for instance, explains some of their work equipment is still held at the customs department, however adding that they are mobilizing themselves to ensure that they deliver quality works other than being rushed which may compromise standards.

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