Alfred Alexis Abonga, the Kitgum Municipal Council Engineer says they have recommended that the design adopted for installation of solar street lights on Kitgum and Philip Adonga roads should instead be used for all the roads.
Kitgum Municipal Officials have recommended for re-adjustments on
the architectural designs of selected roads and Bus Park under phase one of the
World Bank-funded Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructural Development
Project [USMID] project.
This follows the presentation of draft architectural designs for the selected
roads and Bus terminal made by Comptran Engineering & Planning Associates,
a consultancy firm from Ghana to Kitgum Municipal Council officials.
The consultancy firm has been undertaking architectural and structural surveys,
mapping, traffic counts, and environmental impact assessments on the selected
roads since March this year.
But Municipal officials say although the draft designs are of good quality,
stakeholders have highlighted concerns to the consultant to make spot
For instance, on the road design, the consultant had provided installation of
solar-powered street lights on the sidewalks of Oneka road that comprised of
Ayaa Hellen Dean, Janani Luwum and Abila Road all connecting to Uhuru Drive
road. The design also captured installation of solar street lights in the
middle of Kitgum Road and Philip Adonga road.
Alfred Alexis Abonga, the Kitgum Municipal Council Engineer however says they
have recommended that the design adopted for installation of solar street
lights on Kitgum and Philip Adonga roads should instead be used for all the
He notes that the design would enable the provision of parking spaces by the roadsides
instead of the middle of the road. Abonga says the consultant has also been
advised to make readjustment in their designs to create provision for Boda Boda
stages, litter bins installation and better drainage system crucial for the
On the Bus Terminal designs, the Municipal officials have endorsed readjustment
of six key features. They include the provision of toilets for male disable
persons, an increment on numbers of restaurants, improved garbage management
points, review details on septic and storage tanks.
He notes that others are endorsements on review of security management through
installation of CCTV cameras, the establishment of watchtowers and increment of
ticket issuance rooms for bus companies.
Kitgum Municipal Council Town Clerk Emmanuel Banya says the consultant has been
given a formal communication on their concerns that needs to be incorporated
before the final design is used for actual construction work.
He notes that they anticipate a final draft design will be ready by end of this
month to enable adding that by September this year, they expect to have
procured a contractor to commence actual construction works.
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Banya says the USMID project is on course and notes actual construction works
on the 3.8 kilometres and Bus terminal will kick off immediately once the
procurement of a contractor is finished.
Government has so far disbursed 8 billion shillings for implementation of the
road works in the first quarter that carters for architectural and physical
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According to Municipal officials, the final draft reports on assessments made
by the consultant was expected to have been submitted by March 31, 2020, this
year to the Lands Ministry but was disrupted by COVID-19 pandemic.
This implies that the project commencement has lagged by almost three months
since the officials had anticipated by June this year to have procured a
contractor to undertake the roads works.