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PM Nabbanja blames public service providers for slow work on K’la road

By Evans Najuna

Ugandan Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has issued a stern directive to public service providers to rapidly expedite the relocation of service lines to ensure the timely completion of vital road construction projects in Kampala.

Nabbanja, issued the directive while inspecting some of the roads under construction in Kampala on Thursday, May 30, 2024. Roads inspected by Nabbanja include Kyebando Ring Road in Kawempe Division as well as 7th Street and 8th Street. She identified right-of-way acquisition and delayed service line relocations as major obstacles. The roads are being constructed under the Kampala City Road Rehabilitation Project (KCRRP).

She was accompanied by Kampala City Chief Executive Dorothy Kisaka and her deputy Engineer David Luyimbazi.

Nabbanja called on major public service providers, including Umeme, the National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U), the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) and the Police, to improve their coordination and accelerate the change of service lines to avoid further delays.

He expressed frustration with the current pace of progress and demanded immediate action from contractors and consultants.

“Let the contractor start working, we are tired of the potholes,” he declared, promising to closely monitor the situation.

“I’m going to start passing by here every day. If there is any problem, I want to know immediately,” he added, further highlighting his determination to ensure the efficient completion of the project and revealing plans to involve the Chinese Ambassador.

He also criticized the apparent negligence of the consultants, stating: “We believe there is negligence on the part of the consultant. We are tired. We don’t want to waste a minute. “People are suffering.”

Nabbanja stressed the importance of timely and high-quality execution and warned against any form of sabotage to the government’s efforts.

“When they give us work, let’s deliver it. Don’t sabotage the government. We want to serve our people. We need quality work and quality roads,” he emphasized.

Following his inspections, Nabbanja convened a meeting with contractors, consulting public service providers and the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to address challenges hampering road construction.

The head of government, Hamson Obua, who had accompanied the prime minister during the road tours he attended the meeting, echoed their concerns and proposed outsourcing as a solution to speed up the work.

“For us, we want Kampala roads to be in good condition. Why don’t you outsource more to make the work move faster? he suggested.

Speaking after the end of the tour and meeting, Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs Minister Hajjat ​​Minsa Kabanda and Kampala Minister of State Kabuye Kyofatogabye also acknowledged that the current pace of execution is an important challenge.

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