Firm Fails to Complete Municipal Road Works

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Now, Engineer Richardson Babiha, the Plinth Technical Works Project manager has written to Soroti Municipal council asking for another extension, citing challenges such as the El nino rains, which he says affected their work.

Plinth Technical Works Limited has failed to complete the road works in Soroti Municipality despite the extension of its deadline.

The company was expected to tarmac major roads, construct walk ways and drainage channels and hand over by June 2015. But Plinth Technical Works Limited failed to beat the deadline and applied for an extension of six months, but nothing has been done since June.

The roads earmarked for rehabilitation include Alanyu road (0.3kms), Cemetery road (0.3kms), Central Avenue (0.6kms), Liverpool road (0.2kms); and Serere road (1.2 kms). 

Now, Engineer Richardson Babiha, the Plinth Technical Works Ltd project manager, has written to Soroti Municipal Council asking for another extension, citing challenges such as the El nino rains, which he says affected their work.
He also claims that the collapse of Manafwa Bridge, along the Mbale-Tororo road affected their work since they were transporting materials like sand and stone aggregates from Tororo, adding that it took four months to create a diversion for traffic.

Alex Oriekot, the Soroti Municipal Engineer, says his office has received the request for an extension. They will however study the issues raised by the contractor before they take a decision.
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Peter Odikor, the Patron Soroti Municipal Development Forum Committee (MDF) says only about 30 percent of the works have been accomplished in the last 18 months. He says the contractor has only dug the drainage channels, graded, and poured murrum on the road despite receiving an advance of Shillings 2.4 billion from the municipality.

According to Odikor, the delayed road work have affected the implementation of their planned activities for the 2015/2016 financial year such as the rehabilitation of Okurut close, Ediegu and Kyoga roads and beautification of the municipality.

Emmanuel Chero, a resident of Soroti Municipality says he is dissatisfied with the works of the contractor and has asked the municipality not to extend the contract of Plinth Technical Works.

The same company was also contracted to handle the roads in Mbale, Hoima and Tororo municipalities under the World Bank funded Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development Program - (USMID) Project at the tune of Shillings 6.2 billion for each.



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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.