China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd was contracted to construct the market in 2019.
The contractor of Kitgum Central Market is seeking additional time
to complete the multi-billion market.
China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd was contracted to construct
the market in 2019. The company was supposed to hand it over in July this
year. But the contractor failed to beat the dateline citing adverse ground
conditions encountered in block B and the effects of the first wave of the
covid-19 pandemic among others and requested a time extension.
The contractor was granted a five months contract extension period
by the Local government Ministry in May this year with
caution to finish the works by November 30.
But Alfred Alexis Abonga, the Kitgum Municipal Council Engineer says that the
contractor won't be able to beat the November 30 dateline, which is just a
Abonga says he has received a minute of a site meeting in which the Project
Manager highlighted a possible extension period of another three months to January
next year to fully complete the work.
“Initially the contract period was ending in November this year, but
from that minute I saw the project manager says there is a communication coming
through that the contract period will be extended,” says Abonga.
Abonga says the contract period must be extended so that the
contractor covers the current outstanding works.
“We have tremendously gone ahead now. Block A we are doing the
finishing now, wiring and plastering. In Block B, the construction is almost
complete, the structural frame is almost complete. We are doing some roofing
and walling,” he says.
Abonga notes that finishing works at the market can't be rushed at
the moment to beat the November dateline.
Emmanuel Banya, the Kitgum Municipal council Town Clerk says the
second wave of the covid-19 pandemic was a big blow to the contractor, marking
it impossible to deliver the market this November.
He says for two months, construction works at the site was halted
due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Banya however notes that they haven’t yet got any formal
communication on a possible contract extension for the market construction.
“There is no formal request for a time extension, we got from the
contractor. The contractor has to write to the Ministry of local government and
based on the facts on the ground, the Ministry grants time for Christmas
contract extension,” says Banya.
Kitgum Central Market is being constructed with funding from the
African Development Bank-AfDB at a tune of 23 Billion Shillings under the
second phase of the Market and Agricultural Trade Improvement (MATIP). Once
completed, the market will accommodate more than 2,000 vendors.
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