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Contractor Asks for More Time to Complete Mpondwe Market

The construction plan for the six Billion Shillings facility kicked off in November last year and was expected to be done in November 2021. The new border market is being constructed by Ambitious construction Limited which is funded by the World Bank through Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project.
The contractor of Mpondwe Makert says works on the facility can only be complete in teh next three months

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The company contracted to construct the Mpondwe-Lhubiriha Border Post Market in Kasese district is asking for an additional three months to complete the market.

The construction plan for the six Billion  Shillings facility kicked off in November last year and was expected to be done in November 2021. The new border market is being constructed by Ambitious construction Limited which is funded by the World Bank through Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project.

The facility is meant to enable cross-border trade by increasing the capacity for commerce and reducing the costs faced by traders, especially small-scale and women traders, at targeted locations in the borderlands.

But Tonny Miiro, the Site Engineer, told URN that they need more time because delays caused by government approvals for some architectural works affected their progress. He says they now need time to complete touches on interior designs, complete electric installations and finish the outer side of the structure.

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State Minister for Trade Harriet Ntabazi says that it's reasonable enough that the contract period is extended so that the contractor covers the remaining works but cautioned that the works must be completed within this extended time without compromising the quality.

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Local traders are however appealing for the completion of the market and requesting the government to fully open the business sector. Ismail Kipanga a trader dealing in fish requested that the government opens up the vaccination centre at the border point so that it speeds up the vaccination and cross-border business can return to normal.

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Exports through Mpondwe majorly comprise of agricultural produce like beans, maize, millet, sugar, fish, and banana and industrial products.