The Assistant Commissioner of Monitoring and Evaluation in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Smith Twinamasiko, said that the Ministry was considering “so many” options before terminating the contract given to Multiplex company, including the need for subcontracting another company to finish the job in time.
Kabale Municipality Member of Parliament, Dr. Nicholas Thaddeus Kamara has revived his protests
against the delayed completion of the road works under the Uganda Support to Municipality Infrastructure
Development –USMID project.
In May 2021, the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban
Development through its World Bank Funded Program handed Multiplex Construction Company the construction works of Rushoroza(2.049Kms), Bwankosya (0.76Km), and Bushekwire
The projects worth Ugx 21 billion were supposed to be
completed before May 2022 according to the terms of the contract. However, Multiplex Company has only completed 37.5% of
the expected work, despite asking for a contract extension three times, according
to the Kabale Municipality USMID Program coordinator, Alfred Ahimbisibwe.
In a meeting chaired by Dr. Kamara at Capricon
Hotel in Kabale town Thursday, Ahimbisibwe revealed that the contractor has so far used only Shillings 7billion out of the Shillings 21
billion allocated for the works and there is little or
no hope that the company would meet the last deadline extension, which
runs up to 31st January 2023.
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It’s on this note that Dr. Kamara called for the
immediate termination of the contract arguing that Multiplex Company had shown
all signs that they were unable to complete the project as agreed. Kamara who in August this year delivered Kabale municipality’s petition to parliament
over the same issue said that he was going to rejuvenate the debate in parliament.
“This town serves not only Kabale Municipality, but
also Rubanda and Rukiga Districts. In the future when we attain city status, these
road projects will also be important for people in the entire Kigezi sub-region,
and therefore the matter should be in the interest of all MPs from Kigezi,”
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The Assistant Commissioner of Monitoring and Evaluation
in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Smith Twinamasiko, said
that the Ministry was considering “so many” options before terminating the contract
given to Multiplex company, including the need for subcontracting another
company to finish the job in time.
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According to Twinamasiko, the USMID Program ends in
December 2023, and the World Bank would take back the unused funds if the
projects are not completed by that time.
Meanwhile, Multiplex company limited is facing similar
protests in Mbarara City and Ntungamo Municipality where the leaders have also
called for the termination of its contracts.
Ntungamo and Mbarara also entered into an agreement with Multiplex Company in a joint
venture with Turkish company Ditaco, to construct Major Victor Bwama road
(0.95km), Galt road(0.63km), and Stanley road (0.78km) in Mbarara city at Ugx
In Ntungamo Municipality, the contractors are working on
The districts entered into an agreement with Multiplex
Limited, in a joint Venture with Ditaco, to construct Major Victor Bwana road
(0.95km), Galt road (0.63km), and Stanley Road (0.78km) in Mbarara City at
The roads in Ntungamo Municipality including Kajinya-Tindibakira were
contracted at a tune of Ug.x 11.39b. All the road projects were supposed to be handed over in May 2022, but the contractor still hasn’t completed the work and is seeking