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Local Gov't Minister Wants Multiplex Construction Company Banned

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.
State Minister Rusoke conversing with journalists in kabale on tuesday evening (Photo Credit Samuel Amanya)

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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. 

Chinese 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 dragged on.

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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.

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 Kabale Municipality.

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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In her 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.