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Masaka Municipality Want Local Government to Terminate Market Project Contract

The local leadership led by the Municipality Mayor Godfrey Kayemba, have petitioned the Minister for Local Government Raphael Magyezi, demanding for discontinuation of Multiplex Alshamas Limited from continuing with the contract for Masaka central market over failure deliver the works on schedule.
The Incomplete structure of Masaka Central Market, the Masaka Municipal leadership want the contractor discontinued for failure to deliver of schedule

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Authorities in Masaka municipality have sought for the termination of the contract with a firm hired to undertake construction of a new market complex in the area.

The local leadership led by the Municipality Mayor Godfrey Kayemba, have petitioned the Minister for Local Government Raphael Magyezi, demanding for the discontinuation of Multiplex Alshamas Limited from continuing with the contract for Masaka central market over failure to deliver the works on schedule.

Multiples Alshamas Limited was in 2018 hired to construct Masaka Central Market at cost of 18.05 billion shillings. The money towards the project was part of the loan government secured from the African Development Bank-ADB to undertake second phase of the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Program-MATIP II. 

However, Kayemba says the contractor has consistently operated far behind schedule  which raises suspicion about his capacity to deliver the project. According to him, that market was meant to have been completed and occupied by November last year, but to their dismay the contractor has only delivered sixty percent of the whole project, arguing its high time they sourced for another firm that has the capacity to deliver on the task.

//Cue in; (Luganda) “kati kiba kitegeeza….

Cue out; ……bajja zizzaayo.”//

He adds that the delay of the market completion has repeatedly invoked demonstrations from vendors who are meant to occupy it, explaining that the vendors are currently operating under tough conditions.

Robert Kambugu Ssenyonga, the Nyendo-Ssenyange division Councillor to Masaka municipal council has also noted that the contract termination is long overdue, arguing that they have regularly implored the contractor to improve his speed in vain.  

He has however blamed the Ministry of Local Government of not involving the local leadership in sourcing for the contractors.

Richard Kiwuwa, the Managing Director of Multiplex Alshamas Limited has declined to  comment about their alleged inefficiency cited by the Municipality leadership. 

Notably, similar concerns of slowed progress of the project were earlier raised by Asaph Nuwagira, the Country Agriculture and Rural Development Specialist at ADB while he led a team that inspected the project site in October 2018. 

He also warned the contractor of possible repercussions that would include termination of their contract and being blacklisted from getting other public contracts.