12 November 2012

Uganda: Civil Society Wants Govt to Punish Bad Contractors

Failure to meet contractual obligations by road construction companies is causing anxiety in the civil society.The civil society wants the Government to take action against contractors engaged in shoddy works and those that do not execute the works in the agreed time without justifiable reasons.

Stewart Mutabazi, the Uganda Road Sector Support Initiative( URSSI) boss, said though the Government has made substantial investment in road construction, a lot more is needed, especially in the supervision of contractors.

Mutabazi said many contractors ignore drainage problems, which is the leading cause of premature failure of roads.

"Contract variations of over 100% of the contract amount sometime raise suspicion that it might be a fleece of taxpayers' money. There cases where supervision consultancy is procured when the works are almost complete," he noted.

But the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) spokesperson, Dan Alinange, said the contractors are given up to one year after completion of the project to rectify the likely defects.

He said it is a procedure for UNRA to retain a certain percentage on the contract sum for any road projects to rectify defects.

"All the defects seen on new roads are normal as the contractors are supposed to be on the road for one year rectifying them," Alinange explained.

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