Government to pay extra Shs300b for trucks

A tractor removes murram on Republic Street in Mbale Municipality. PHOTO BY DAVID MAFABI

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Mistake. Officials admitted there was a mistake in the procurement process because government wanted heavy equipment for road construction but bought light one.

Mbale. Government stands to pay more than Shs300 billion in extra costs to purchase new road equipment from China after the one it bought was found unusable because it is too weak to do roadworks, officials have said.
This was after engineers across the country said most of the road equipment was lying idle.
“Although we appreciate that government made a good gesture to procure equipment for districts for construction of roads, the equipment does not construct roads. It is meant to do light work,” Mr Bernard Ayimani, the Yumbe District engineer, said on Wednesday during the training of all district engineers in road rehabilitation and maintenance at Mt Elgon Labour-based Training Centre (MELTC).

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