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KCCA axes three firms over shoddy work

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By  FARAHANI MUKISA

Posted  Friday, February 28   2014 at  10:09

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The city authority employs over ten construction companies that are upgrading different roads in Kampala from tarmac to bitumen status.

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Kampala- Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has terminated road construction, contracts for three companies citing unsatisfactory works and delayed delivery.

KCCA spokesperson Peter Kaujju said the decision was intended to have better output and value for tax-payers’ money.
“We have stepped up monitoring of contracts to ensure that we get what we deserve and value for money,” Mr Kaujju said in an email exchange yesterday.

“KCCA is weeding out all contractors that do not deliver up to standard in terms of timelines, quality of work and value for money,” he added.

The city authority employs over ten construction companies that are upgrading different roads in Kampala from tarmac to bitumen status.

Mr Kaujju said the companies that have been affected include: Multiplex Limited, which has been working on the Kimera and Soweto roads in the Central Division.

Other companies that have lost their contracts include, Axis Lines Limited working on roads in Luzira and Butabika areas in Nankawa Division and Omega Construction Company, working on roads at Kiteezi landfill in Kawempe Division.

“Even consultants are being assessed. We have also tightened our procurement systems to weed out non-performers by specifying high qualification criteria,” Mr Kaujju stated.
Early this year, KCCA rolled out a programme to revamp and tarmac most city roads.
According to KCCA, these projects are expected to ease traffic flow, reduced vehicle operating costs, eliminate mud during rainy seasons and dust during dry spells. In the end, KCCA hopes, there will be better living conditions for city dwellers.

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