The government contracted Multiplex Construction Company Limited and Roko Construction Company Limited to construct Masaka Modern Central Market and Mbarara Modern Central Market in Mbarara respectively.
The Local Government
State Minister, Victoria Rusoke Busingye has called for a total ban on Multiplex
Construction Company Limited from implementing Local government projects across
the country citing irresponsibility. The minister lost her cool on Tuesday evening
while inspecting the progress of the ongoing construction of the Shillings 23.7billion
Market in Kabale Municipality under the World Bank-funded Markets and Agricultural
Trade Improvement Program – MATIP III.
Chong Chuing International Construction Company is undertaking the project works,
which started in December 2019 and is expected to be completed in December
2021. In his speech, Geoffrey Ettedu, the National Coordinator of Markets and
Agricultural Trade Improvement Programme (MATIP) told the minister that the
works at Kabale Central Market stand at 68 percent unlike Masaka Modern Central
Market and Mbarara Modern Central Market in Mbarara, whose construction has
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Multiplex Construction Company Limited and Roko Construction Company Limited to
construct Masaka Modern Central Market and Mbarara Modern Central Market in
Ettedu, who also doubles as the Local Government Ministry
Permanent Secretary, said that although both markets were scheduled for
completion by February 14th 2020 work dragged on because of negligence
by the contractors.
He said that
they extended the deadline from February 14th 2020 to September 29th,
2020, but still the contractors failed to deliver as agreed. Emmanuel Sentaro
Byamugisha, the Mayor Kabale Municipality also expressed dissatisfaction with Multiplex
Construction Company Limited for alleged failure to kick start the upgrading of
the 0.76 kilometers Bwankosa road that connects Nyerere Avenue and Kabale
shopping center commonly known as Ki-college, 0.34KM Bushekwire road that connects Kabale
shopping center to Kabale main road in Central division and 2.49KM road that
connects Kabale Diocesan Headquarters to Katuna-Kabale-Mbarara High way, all in
Byamugisha explains that although Multiplex Construction Company Limited
launched the works valued at Shillings 21.72billion in partnership with the Turkish
based International Construction Company Limited and government officials on
May 27 this year nothing is on the ground. He revealed that the government
through Kabale Municipality even paid the contractor an advance of Shillings 4billion
to start the work in vain.
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response, Rusoke expressed disappointment with Multiplex Construction Company
Limited for stalling the works, saying that her office has received various
complaints against the company for the slow implementation of projects. Rusoke
had not kind work for Multiplex Construction Company Limited, which she said is
full of rot. Rusoke promised to ensure that the president gets to know about
the conduct of Multiplex Construction Company Limited.
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And about Roko
Construction Company Limited, the minister promised to draft a report and
forward it to the presidents for action.
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Efforts to get a comment from Moses Bossa, the director of Multiplex
Construction Company Limited were futile as he neither pick nor return repeated
calls from our reporter to his cellphone.