A Ministry of Finance notice says Eptisa Engineering Services or Eptisa Servicios de Ingenieria SL will now have 42-months for the supervision of the road construction. The job will cost 3.8m euros (15.5 billion Shillings)
A road in Uganda. Atiak-Laropi road is expected to ease flow of trade to South Sudan. Photo by UNRA
A Spanish company has been
awarded a tender to supervise the 66km Atiak-Laropi road, a few months after
the government halted the tendering process for construction works.
A Ministry of Finance notice says
Eptisa Engineering Services or Eptisa Servicios de Ingenieria SL will now have
42-months for the supervision of the road construction. The job will cost 3.8m euros (15.5 billion
The government has not formally
announced the company to construct the road after the tendering process was
halted in May 2019 because bidders asked for money above the planned budget. The
Ministry of Finance then said that the plans for construction will be put on
halt because “all technically acceptable tenders exceed the financial resources
available.” It said the tender could only go on if there is a negotiated
This meant that the government
would hand-pick a contractor and negotiate with them the appropriate price
without competitive bidding. However, it is widely expected that the government
will offer the tender for construction to a German company Strabag
This came to light on November
12, 2019 after Jorg Wellmeyer, the company’s managing director paid a courtesy
visit to the Uganda Ambassador to Germany Marcel R. Tibaleka in Berlin and
informed him that they were to construct the 66km Atiak-Loropi road.
The road under the Development
Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) will be funded by the European Union.
DINU is 151 million Euros six-year initiatives by the EU aimed at the
development of Northern Uganda.
The Atiak-Laropi road connects
traffic to the Gulu-Nimule Road, the primary trade route between Uganda and
The government started hunting
for the firm to construct the road in December 2018, noting that the upgrading of
the road is “part of the regional, the national and international route
connecting the remote north-western region of Uganda and Southern Sudan to the
Ugandan capital at Kampala, via the regional capital at Gulu.”
Eptisa reports on its website
that it has most projects in Asia (45 per cent) followed by Spain (20 per
cent), Rest of Europe (19 per cent) and just 11per cent in Africa.