Construction works for 24.3 kilometer Rwakijuma-Kahonda Road Launched.Tobias Habasa
By Alex Byakatonda
Kabale District Authorities have today launched construction works for the 24.3 kilometer Rwakijuma-Mashure-Mukokye-Nyamirrma-Kahonda trading center road in Maziba Sub County.
The road, is being worked on with funding from the World Bank, through the ministry of Agriculture, animal industry and fisheries, under Agricultural Cluster Development Project –ACDP.
ACDP is a 6-year project, being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, animal industry and Fisheries, in 57 districts in Uganda, with funding from the World Bank, with a major aim of raising farm productivity, production and marketable volumes of selected agricultural commodities in a specified Agricultural clusters. The program was rolled out in 2019.
According to the Kabale district engineer Januario Bagamuhunda, the construction works, are estimated at 1.5 billion shillings and are being undertaken AZUR properties Uganda limited. He said that the works, which are expected to be completed in the next six months, include doing site preparatory works, setting out and site clearing, earth works, drainage works, gravelling and completion works and preliminary and general items.
The Kabale district chairperson, Nelson Nshangabasheija, warned the contractors against shoddy works. He added that the people of Kahondo parish and Maziba sub county at large, who are predominantly farmers, have been finding it challenging to transport their farm produce to market centres.
The Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Godfrey Nyakahuma, implored the residents of Maziba Sub County to embrace the project and ensure that they supervise the construction works and report any deviation from the bills of Quantities.
The Kabale Principal Assistant secretary, James Mugisha, who represented the District Chief Administrative Officer, Mr Edmond Ntimba, asked the contractor to offer jobs to residents of the sub county. He also, warned residents neighboring the road against frustrating the project saying that there will be no compensation for all people, who will be affected by the construction works.
Speaking as the guest of honor at the commissioning, which took place at Kahondo trading center, the Kabale district woman Member of Parliament, Catherine Atwakira Ndamira, who is also the District Roads Committee Chairperson, implored the residents, to take advantage of the road to improve on their household incomes. She said that the construction of the road, is meant to facilitate the increase in crop production and also improve on access for markets for their agricultural produce.
The AZUR properties limited operations director, Francis Kafuko pledged to ensure timely execution of works and quality work and standard works.