Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has signed a new contract with Dott Services Limited to continue with the construction works of Nakalama-Tirinyi Mbale Road.
The road reconstruction works are estimated to last for 22 months and will kick-off in two weeks’ time, according to the contract signed on March 23, 2018.
The new contract follows the October 26, 2017 directive by President Yoweri Museveni to UNRA Executive Director, Allen Kagina, to allow Dott Services Limited to continue with the construction of the road.
In his letter, President Museveni said that he had reached an agreement with Dott Services and lifted his executive order barring the company from continuing with road works in the country. Museveni added that the company had agreed to stop delaying government works with court injunctions when they fail to win contracts through procurement processes.
In May 2017, UNRA terminated the 73.3 billion contract awarded to Dott Services in 2015 to rehabilitate the 100 kilomere road because the contractor had failed to comply with the contractual obligations and was not willing to be supervised by UNRA team. By the time the contract was terminated over breaches, the physical progress on the road was 19.09% against the planned 94.46%.
Following the termination, the road was left in a sorry state with open potholes and water channels. With the termination, Dott Services ran to Court contesting the manner in which the contract was terminated.
Speaking, this afternoon, to MPs who sit on the Committee on Physical Infrastructure, Eng. Samuel Muhoozi, the UNRA Director for Roads and Bridges, said that the debacle had been settled after the Authority signed a contract with Dott Services on March 23, 2018.
He told the committee that the contractor is now expected to present the performance guarantee from their bank.
In the new contract, Dott Services will reconstruct the road at 135.3 billion Shillings in a period of 22 months.
Although the development was welcomed by a section of MPs, some urged UNRA to supervise the contractor they accused of being synonymous with shoddy works.
Rubanda West MP Denis Sabiiti emphasised the need for monitoring of the works and that if the contractor is found not to be doing a good job, UNRA should start the process of blacklisting it. He added that the company has previously had problems of execution of works.
However, Works Minister Eng. Monica Azuba Ntege appealed to MPs to give the contractor a benefit of doubt saying that UNRA has now started a new relationship with Dott Services.