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Moroto Road Works Stall

Work on the 1.9-kilometre Independence Avenue started in November 2016 and was scheduled to end in February 2017. More than two months after the scheduled deadline, however, the rehabilitation work is far from complete. A total of 738.8 million shillings had been allocated to this activity in the 2016/2017 financial year.
Road works on Independence Avenue in Moroto Municipality.

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Road works in Moroto Municipality have stalled raising questions over whether the money allocated was put to proper use.

  

Work on the 1.9-kilometre Independence Avenue started in November 2016 and was scheduled to end in February 2017. More than two months after the scheduled deadline, however, the rehabilitation work is far from complete.  A total of 738.8 million shillings had been allocated to this activity in the 2016/2017 financial year.

 

The road works extending from the junction of Lia Street tarmacked by the Chinese road construction company leads to Moroto district and Municipal headquarters. It's the major road in Moroto town along which most of the offices for both government and non-government organizations are located.

 

After months of waiting, all seems to be gone as the contractor, EMPA Associates Limited, has failed to complete his work.  A well-placed source in Moroto says Moroto Municipal Council has a deficit of over 300 million shillings to complete the work. He notes that the road works will only continue in the next financial year when the municipal council sources for funds.

 

Esther Kulume, a resident of Goli in Moroto Municipality fears the money could have been misused by both technical and political heads in the Municipality.

 

An official from EMPA Associates Limited in a phone interview says the work stalled over non-payment. He notes that Moroto Municipal Council owes the company over 290 million shillings after finishing the first phase of the work. He notes that the municipal council advanced the company 147 million shillings which has been reflected in the latest request for payment.

 

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The Town Clerk Moroto Municipal Council, Alex Felix Majeme, acknowledges the delay but notes that it was caused by both parties. Majeme notes that after expiry of the first contract period, the contractor asked for an extension of one month which has also expired. He says the Municipal council has planned a meeting to put all the issues surrounding the construction rest.

 

Majeme attributes the delay in payment of the contractor to the breakdown of the integrated financial management system that he notes took over a month to be restored.

 

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Noah Ewaru, the mayor Moroto Municipality says the work has only paused but will be completed soon. Although he agrees that there's deficit in funds for the completion of the road as planned, Ewaru disagrees with sentiments that suggest that funds were misappropriated.

 

The low cost resealing for the construction of 1.9km road stretching to Singila is funded by the Uganda Road Fund and Urban discretionary development equalization grant.

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