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Police in the Rwenzori region in conjunction with security operatives of Securiko 1980 Company have recovered 50 drums of tarmac pitmen commonly known as coleus meant for the construction of the Kamwenge-Fort Portal Road.
The construction materials were on Friday evening recovered by security during a joint operation following a tipoff that the construction workers were selling the items to locals and the neighboring districts.
Securiko 1980 Company Managing Director, Jackson Mayombo told ChimpReports that they impounded the Lorry, Reg. No. UAV 204A fully loaded and transporting 50 drums of coleus.
The coleus was reportedly stolen from China Railways Seventh Group that was contracted to tarmac Fort portal-Kamwenge road.
Mayombo said, “We impounded the lorry transporting coleus after concerned residents tipped us saying that there was a truck that comes at night to transport road construction materials. We informed the police and we managed to impound the lorry loaded with coleus at Kanyandungu hill heading to Fort Portal.”
“We suspect that the owners of the lorry have connections with some of the workers of China Railways Seventh Group because materials cannot be stolen when the company workers are at the station,” he added.
Mr. Chen Hai the spokesperson of China Railways Seventh Group in Uganda confirmed the incident and said that the company has been experiencing losses from syphoning of fuel and theft of tarmac pitmen and batteries.
Kamwenge Police Station DPC, ASP Joseph Rwatooro said that in the operation, they also arrested some suspects. He however declined to name them as investigations are ongoing.
He added that the driver of the lorry and some workers of the construction company that were on board disappeared into the forest during the operation.
Rwatooro said that the impounded lorry loaded with exhibits was taken to Fort Portal Police Station.
Full article: The ObserverM/S JV SBI International Holding and Reynolds Construction Company Limited (RCC) are negotiating with government under the emergency procurement of road construction works arrangement.
The new 'favourable' bid from SBI and RCC is awaiting approval from Attorney General Peter Nyombi, having been "evaluated as the best bidder at a total cost of Shs 253,940,21,150", according to documents seen by The Observer.
The first contract awarded to Eutaw last year was worth Shs 165 billion. It was cancelled in August last year by the Inspectorate of Government (IG) after allegations sprung up that Eutaw was a phony company and that the contract procurement process had been mismanaged.
But last November, the Uganda National Roads Authority (Unra), with authorization from the IG, embarked on what they termed as an "emergency procurement process" for the project.
This meant there was no open bidding and two firms then, Kolin Construction and SBI [which put in a joint bid with Reynolds Construction Company (RCC)], were enlisted. We have been told that Kolin put in a bid of Shs 285 billion while SBI (and RCC) put in the favourable bid of Shs 254 billion.
This means that irrespective of which firm won the deal, the total cost of the Mukono-Katosi road project could jump to about Shs 339 billion on completion. This figure takes into account Shs 25bn which was advanced to Eutaw, the new SBI/RCC bid of Shs 254 billion, and the Shs 60 billion compensation sought by the Chinese firm Chong quing International Construction Corporation (CICO), which had been subcontracted by Eutaw.
MonitorKampala. Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) is set to receive about Shs3 trillion from funders for executing its projects.
The money, according to the authority’s spokesperson, Mr Dan Alinange, will be spread out in three to five financial years.
The Islamic Development Bank will pump about $300 million (about Shs869 billion) in the construction of Tirinyi-Palisa-Kamonkoli road and Muyembe–Nakapiripit Road. The bank will also inject about $70 million (about Shs203 billion) for the upgrading of the Masaka – Bukakata road to tarmac.
The African Development Bank is to spend more than $400 million (about Shs1.1 trillion) in funding the construction work on Kigumba – Masindi – Hoima to Kyenjojo road, a distance of about 200kms.
In an interview with Daily Monitor, Mr Alinange said the bank, together with the World Bank, is also interested in funding the Kampala-Mpigi Expressway, a project that will cost about $100million (about Shs290 billion).
The Japanese government will fund the construction of flyovers to ease the traffic congestion at the Clock Tower in Kampala. This, according to Mr Alinange, is a project that will cost about $150 million (about Shs435 billion).
“This development means more opportunities for Ugandans in terms of jobs and market. It’s a stimulus to boost the economy,” said Mr Alinange. “It is unfortunate that the local construction industry is still young. It has not fully taken advantage of such big projects.”
Donors contribute 40 per cent to the road’s development budget while the government contributes the other 60 per cent. “The funding is a gesture of faith in the works of UNRA,” said Mr Alinange.
Private sector view
Local firms: Mr Gideon Badagawa, the executive director of the Private Sector Foundation, applauded the development but said there is need for the local construction firms to collectively bid for the road authority’s projects since they cannot bid individually.
“Most the local firms do not have the expertise and capacity to individually bid for a project of about Shs100 billion. But the prospects would be better if they pooled capacity and expertise, to make bids as a group, he said.
Breakdown of the funding on different UNRA projects
Amount to support the construction work on Kigumba – Masindi – Hoima to Kyenjojo road
Amount to fund the construction of Tirinyi-Pallisa-Kamonkoli road and Muyembe – Nakapiripit road.
Amount to be spent on the construction of flyovers at clock tower
The estimated cost of the Kampala-Mpigi express way.
Amount to be spent on upgrading of the Masaka – Bukakata road to tarmac.
UNRA’s budget this financial year
Uganda Radio NetworkPassengers, drivers and members of the business community in Soroti district are upbeat following visible progress on the rehabilitation of Tororo –Mbale-Soroti road.
The project started in November 2010 with a view that it would have been completed in May 2012. However it had never covered the stretch that leads to Soroti town fueling discontent amongst residents over the dust and impassable condition of the highway.
The project contractor Dott services was tasked to improve the existing shoulders of the road, to undertake partial reconstruction of severely damaged carriage ways, and reshape the side and meter drains on the entire stretch among others at a cost of 76 Billion shs.
As its completion nears, drivers are excited about the reduction in the time spent on the road between Soroti and Mbale. Rashid Haruna, a driver along Soroti- Mbale High way told URN that the travel time has reduced significantly from 4 to one and a half hours. He adds that the road has come with a reduction in the cost of vehicle maintenance.
Uganda National Roads Authority's Executive Director Allen Kagina with Top unra Team at Birara bridge newly constructed.
Route (Google Maps)Kazo-Nyakahita Road constructed by China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) was completed on January 2014. It was funded by African Development Bank (72.6%) and Government of Uganda (27.4%).