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World Bank Maintains Funding Freeze on Tororo – Kamdini Road

According to Works Minister Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala, the World Bank is still not satisfied with the social safeguards in place, following controversies surrounding the compensation of households affected by the quarry used by the approved contractor Mota-Engil in Katine, Soroti District. The project has been halted since 2018.
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The World Bank has issued a fresh objection towards the commencement of construction and rehabilitation of the road from Tororo to Kamdini in Oyam District.

According to Works Minister Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala, the World Bank is still not satisfied with the social safeguards in place, following controversies surrounding the compensation of households affected by the quarry used by the approved contractor Mota-Engil in Katine, Soroti District. The project has been halted since 2018.

The road rehabilitation project financed partly by the World Bank is valued at 331.6 billion Shillings. It is part of the  897 billion Shillings North Eastern Road Corridor Asset Management Project (NERAMP)

Gen. Katumba Wamala has told parliament that a few households petitioned the global lender claiming they wanted a review of the compensation process leading to the latest impasse with the World Bank. The minister was meeting members of the Physical Infrastructure Committee of Parliament on Wednesday.

The Ministers explanation followed a concern raised by Koboko County MP Samuel Okwir about the poor state of the road from Lira to Kamdini. Okwir says the contract was signed in 2018 but the contractor disappeared from the site with no clear information from Uganda National Roads Authority. He added that there is a need for immediate intervention to save the lives of the people using the road.

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But Gen Katumba Wamala told MPs that despite several explanations by the government that the households at the quarry were  dully compensated, the World Bank has still declined to release funds for the construction. He adds that the government is now involved in back and forth correspondences to get the project started.

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