The Minister of state for local government Victoria Businge has scoffed at the contractor for the multi-billion Arua main market for the delayed completion of works.
While inspecting the main market building, Minister Businge noted that despite the short time duration left for the contractor to have the facility ready for commissioning, several works and finishes are not yet done.
Commissioning of the over 24 billion shillings African Development Bank funded main Arua market was postponed from December last year after the contractor Al Sadeem Kuwait requested for more time to complete finishes of the facility.
According to a scheduled program, Arua main market is set for commissioning on 13th September 2021 by President Museveni, but shatters of lockups, solar powered kitchen, sewerage connection, inadequate number of toilet stances among other works have raised a lot of concerns while some are yet to be completed.
Minister Businge who was visibly angered by poor and unfinished works told the contractor that government will not tolerate any further delays and attempts to bribe and compromise quality of works.
Minister Businge says the contractor risks losing out on government offers for border markets and other projects if they do not stop giving unwarranted excuses.
Ceaser Draecabo, the President Arua City Development Forum whose team monitors the main market works and other World Bank funded projects revealed that pointing out weaknesses in the works on the main market have caused threats to some of their members from the contractor.
“Madam Minister I’m one person who has received threats including letter of intention to sue for questioning why some of the areas in the market have remained unfinished while others are shoddily done,” said Draecabo.
However, Hudson Mayombo the Engineer in charge of quality and quantity survey Al Sadeem Kuwait defended the contractor saying they cannot do what is not agreed and specified in the contract
According to Mayombo, they are determined to ensure the facility is ready for commissioning on the 13th of September this year.
The delayed completion and commissioning of Arua main market has created anxiety among the over 4,000 vendors and local authorities of Arua City and district with some fearing it could have a negative implication on their political future.