Govt gives firm ultimatum to fix Jinja market

Tuesday April 14 2015

By MOSES OKEYA

Jinja.

The Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Local Government, Mr Patrick Mutabwire, has given the contractors of Jinja Central Market six months to fix construction defects on the building.

The Shs28 billion market, built by Vambeco Enterprise, was funded by the African Development Bank under Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Programme and commissioned in November last year has already developed huge cracks.

Other defects include a leaking roof and poor drainage system which resulted in soaking of traders’ merchandise on Easter weekend.

Poor shape
During a tour of the market last week, Mr Mutabwire acknowledged that the structure is ridden with several construction defects, that must be fixed within the six-month grace period known as the defunct liability period.

“I have toured the market and observed that there are mistakes like cracks, lack of drainage and small stalls, among others which have to be worked on by the contractor using his money during the defunct liability period which is still on,” he said.

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The Vambeco Enterprise’s director, Mr Budget Mugabiirwe, who took part in the tour, declined to discuss the matter with the press insisting that he had “no comment to make”.

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