Kitgum Municipal Council has signed a contract with a Chinese
firm, China Railway 18 Bureau Group Co Ltd for the construction of seven roads
stretching 2.8 kilometres within the Municipality.
The 12-month contract valued at 16.6 Billion Shillings was signed on Thursday
last week and witnessed by officials from the Ministry of Lands, Housing, and
The first phase of the road construction work is funded by the World Bank
through Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID).
Emmanuel Banya, Kitgum Municipal Council Town Clerk notes that the contract was
signed following approval of the contract document between the Municipal
Council and the Chinese firm by the Solicitor General.
The Chinese firm was approved as a contractor for the multi-billion road works
in March this year after emerging as the best-evaluated bidder. It defeated
Zhongmei Engineering Group Ltd, Chongquing International Construction
Corporation- CICO, and Sea Tape For Trade & Investment Co Ltd.
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Banya says the contract document is currently in the hands of the Chinese firm
officials in China for review before they append their signature for the actual
implementation of construction work.
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He adds that the Municipal Council has also signed a contract with Trio
Consultants Ltd, a Ugandan consultancy firm that will embark on an architectural
design review to confirm no changes have happened on earlier road design made
before the contractor starts excavation.
The architectural designs for the roads were earlier made by Comptran
Engineering & Planning Associates, a consultancy firm from Ghana.
The roads expected to be constructed in the first phase are Janani Luwum,
Lakidi, Philip Adonga, Kitgum Road, Tom Apila all in Central Division, Oneka
Road, and Aya Hellen Dean in Pandwong Division.
Kitgum Municipality is among eight new municipalities that started
benefiting from USD350Million World Bank Funded Project in 2019.
The other municipalities are Lugazi, Kasese, Kamuli, Mubende, Apac, Ntungamo
and Busia bringing to 22, the number of Municipalities that are now benefiting
from the USMID Project across the country.