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Tirinyi Road impasse ends after Museveni directive

By Charles Etukuri

Added 13th January 2018 02:20 PM

Museveni noted that Dott Services is a company that can broaden their investment efforts in Uganda. He noted that in the wider interest of the country Dott Services should be allowed to go on with the Mbale-Tirinyi road.

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Museveni noted that Dott Services is a company that can broaden their investment efforts in Uganda. He noted that in the wider interest of the country Dott Services should be allowed to go on with the Mbale-Tirinyi road.

PIC: A gaping hole along Mbale-Tirinyi-Kampala highway

The Impasse over the reconstruction of the Nakalama-Tirinyi road appears to be over after President Yoweri Museveni and the Board Chairperson of the Uganda National Roads Authority wrote to its Executive Director Allen Kagina directing her to enter into an amicable solution with Dott Services.

In a letter dated January 8, 2018 President Museveni directed Kagina to reinstate Dott Services to complete the Nakalama-Tirinyi-Mbale road. In his letter, the President noted that he had learnt of the allegations that Dott Services had not done a very good job in some of the projects it had undertaken. “Even me I had been incensed by that information.

Later however I learnt that apparently Dott Services is a big company worth $100 million and that it’s not just in road construction. It’s also in electricity generation even in Uganda,” the President said.

He noted that Dott Services was building the Nyagak- mini Hydro and globally they are involved in India, Tanzania in different sectors of roads, water and power generation.

Museveni noted that Dott Services is a company that can broaden their investment efforts in Uganda. He noted that in the wider interest of the country Dott Services should be allowed to go on with the Mbale-Tirinyi road.

UNRA Board Chairman Fred Jachan Omach in a letter dated January 11 while responding to the President directive also directed Kagina to immediately implement the President directive since time was of essence.

 
It remained unclear when UNRA and Dott Services would sign the new contract but sources privy to the on goings told Sunday Vision that both parties would sign a consent agreement in which Dott Services will be required to withdraw the cases it had instituted against UNRA in court in accordance with the advice the Attorney General gave the President.

Robert Kazoora who is Dott’s Compliance and Relationship Manager told Saturday Vision that they were grateful because UNRA had given them the contract. “We would also like to thank His Excellency the President for his wisdom and guidance to promote local companies which create employment and improve household income to several of its employees,” Kazoora noted.

He thanked the local leadership of the districts of Namutumba, Kibuku, Budaka and Mbale for the patience and support during the time Dott Services was waiting for the contract to  be given back to them promising that they would ensure value for money. 

He assured UNRA that Dott Services would work towards having the best relationship with them.

Namutumba District Chairman Hajji Saleh Kumbuga welcomed the President letter indicating that the locals in the area had suffered greatly as the road dilapidated. “Its good news for us. We have been using to get to Mpala and other areas.

There was a section of about 20 kilometres that had been worked on and  even though UNRA team promised they would keep on maintaining it after the cancelled the contract, they had failed and the section had deteriorated and become impassable,” he noted.

He also noted that the dust on the road had turned it into a health hazard for the residents and that so many accidents had occurred in place where the road had been dug.

Kibuku District Speaker Samuel Mubalye told Sunday Vision that his Council met on Thursday and unanimously moved a motion to support the move by the President  direct UNRA to give Dott Services its contract. “We are now only waiting for UNRA and Dott teams to come so that we can a vail them support,” he said.

Last year, Dott Services Ltd objected to UNRA supervising the Tirinyi road works and commenced adjudication proceedings against the Authority. This led to irretrievable breakdown of the contractual relationship between the parties negatively impacting on the project forcing to cancel the contract in May.

It then embarked on a process of procuring another contractor to save the existing road works from wastage but before the new contractor could get sign the contract, Dott Services secured an interim order restraining UNRA from entering into any contract with any other contractor apart from it.

Meanwhile in a related development, sources privy to the contract negotiations told Sunday Vision, Dott services was asking UNRA to put in place an adjudicator in order for future disagreement not to end up as disputes which would lead into unnecessary costs and delays.

Dott also clarified it never objected to UNRA supervising the contract but that in the contract they signed there was a requirement  for a third party consultant as a project  supervisor . However when  Dott asked UNRA to put the adjudicator, the contract was terminated.

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