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Speed up Zzimwe

By Vision Reporter

Added 6th January 2006 03:00 AM

ON Wednesday residents of Rubaga Division rioted over the failure of Zzimwe Construction to complete the repair of a three-kilometre stretch of the Nalulokolongo-Natete road. The police were forced to disperse the demonstrators who had blocked the road with boulders, logs and burning tyres.

ON Wednesday residents of Rubaga Division rioted over the failure of Zzimwe Construction to complete the repair of a three-kilometre stretch of the Nalulokolongo-Natete road. The police were forced to disperse the demonstrators who had blocked the road with boulders, logs and burning tyres.

The residents were upset at the dust in the air since Zzimwe removed the road tar six months ago.

The slow pace of work has also caused huge traffic jams for vehicles entering or leaving Kampala on the Masaka and
Mityana roads. Violent action that endangers other citizens is not acceptable and the police were right to break up the demonstration. Nevertheless one must sympathise with the Rubaga residents.

A company with a questionable track record is given a contract to repair a mere three kilometres of the main road leaving for southern and western Uganda. Six months later the road is worse than when it started.

Everyone is suffering.

Pressure should be put on Zzimwe Construction to speed up and finish the job. Right now just one digger, one grader and a few men appear to be working on the road.

Government and KCC should step in and insist that more resources are deployed since it is the main road leading to western Uganda and central Africa. More importantly, road contracts should not be awarded to companies that
fail to perform or deliver in time.

This is not the first time
Zzimwe has messed up a road contract. The residents of Rubaga are entitled to demand an explanation of why such companies still get
contracts, and why they have to suffer as a result.

Speed up Zzimwe

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