The minister’s visit to Mbale City follows public outcry especially from vendors who said that the slow progress of works on Cathedral and Naboa roads has made the roads impassable due to flooding caused by the ongoing rains.
The Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Judith
Nabakooba has summoned Mbale City authorities and Dott services over the slow
road works under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development
(USMID) roads in Mbale City.
Mbale City is implementing the second phase of the Uganda Support to
Municipality Infrastructural Development-USMID project. The contract was
awarded to Dott Services and the works are expected to end by February next
The minister’s visit to Mbale City follows public outcry especially
from vendors who said that the slow progress of works on Cathedral and Naboa
roads has made the roads impassable due to flooding caused by the ongoing
Nabakooba said that the city officials from Mbale City Council, Dott Services,
and USMID coordinators should meet her in Kampala next week to discuss the
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The Mayor Industrial City Division, Masaaba Muhamood Mutenyo claimed that Dott services have such a bad record in road construction and they wonder how it has been awarded all the contracts for the construction
of roads in Mbale city.
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Mbale central market chairperson, Ayubu Madoi appealed to the minister to task the contractor to prioritize completion of Naboa and Cathedral Avenue roads since business along the market street has
been on a standstill for over five months.
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Mario Christobal, the Project Manager Dott Services, says that the works
are ongoing except for a few challenges like the rains. He however says that
the road will be completed in the stipulated time.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.