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Kitgum Market Contractor Asked to Expedite Construction Works

William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, says that there is limited development at the market site at the moment compared to the duration the works commenced. He attributed the delay to bickering between the contractor and consultant.
kitgum district and municipal officials inspevct progress of kitgum market construction. photo by julius ocungi

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Two companies contracted to offer consultation services and construct Kitgum main market have been asked to expedite their works.

Chinese State Construction Engineering Company Limited (CSCECL) is currently undertaking construction works at the market while Saba Engineering Private Ltd Company was hired to carry out consultancy work.

The two firms however according to reports have been embroiled in feud over the past six months when the market construction commenced, thereby dragging the contract duration behind.

William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, says that there is limited development at the market site at the moment compared to the duration the works commenced. He attributed the delay to bickering between the contractor and consultant.

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During a dialogue meeting held in December in Kitgum municipality, representatives of the contractor accused the consultancy firm of delaying to process their requests of approval.

For instance, the contractor cited that construction of septic tank at the market site was halted for several weeks between the month of October and November when they hit large deposits of underground water and rock.

But Komakech says the consultancy firm acknowledged their delays to make approval that would have expedited works and have promised a better working relationship.

He noted that construction delays were also attributed to delays by experts to timely conduct test on materials from the market at the government materials testing laboratory.

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Godfrey Toolit, the LC3 Chairperson Central Division where the market is being constructed from also raised concerns over slow progress in construction works.

Toolit says two consecutive site visits he made at the market site together with other local leaders shows limited work done by the contractor.

Our efforts to get comments from officials of CSCECL were futile as security guards denied URN reporter entry to the market premises.

Engineer Alfred Alexis Abonga, the project support officer at Kitgum municipal council in an earlier interview says the contractor had completed excavation of the basement, concrete blinding work and casting of retaining wall in block A. He says the contractor was set to start installation of columns.

Kitgum main market is being constructed at a tune of 23 billion shillings with funding from the African development bank-ADB under the second phase of the Market and Agricultural Trade Improvement (MATIP) program. It’s expected to be completed in June 2021.