MPs THREATEN TO DEMONSTRATE OVER THE DELAYED CONSTRUCTION OF MBALE –TIRINYI ROAD

By Edwin Muhumuza

Members of parliament from the eastern region of Uganda have vowed to demonstrate on Monday next week if the Uganda National Roads Authority does not embark on works to finish the Mbale-Tirinyi Road.

Their disappointment stems from the numerous loss of lives along the road, whose construction was halted amid a scuffle between the contractor and UNRA, over shoddy work.

Fourteen Members of Parliament from Teso, Busoga, and the Elgon region have convened to voice their discontent against UNRA’s Executive Director,  Allen Kagina, accusing her of incompetence.

Among the main issues raised include increased road accidents, arising from haphazard construction works.

The cost of doing business on that road is very high, we are about to demonstrate in a match much worse than that of Amuru” said Nambeshe John Baptist.

A whooping shs.73bn has been sank in that project but you can hardly see that results.He added.

Kumi Municipality’s Aogon Cyrus said ,”do we always have to come to the press for somebody to do something for us. It should be done by Monday,or else we shall raise our feet eyes, the road must be fixed!

“The state of this particular road is a death trap since 2015,the entire road was excavated and has caused us trouble, everyday we witness accidents in Namutumba town council.”said Akamba Paul,representative for Busiki county.

Early this year the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) terminated their contract with construction company Dott Services on the rehabilitation of the Nakalama-Tirinyi-Mbale road, after a presidential directive to UNRA Executive Director, Allen Kagina to stop giving contracts to Dott Services which he referred to as ‘fraudulent’, before he made a U-turn.

Traders protest against Chinese who are doing petty businesses

By Robert Segawa
Business has come to a standstill as Traders operating in arcades around  Nakasero market closed their shops expressing dissatisfaction over the Chinese traders who came as  investors but now doing petty  businesses which Ugandans can take care of.
The angry traders  operating on Seroma arcade, Nalule Arcade, MM arcade among others deal  mainly in hardware materials  and   accuse Chinese investors for engaging in retail businesses and selling at low cost hence pushing them out of business.
Ugandan traders closed their shops in a peaceful demonstration with placards asking Chinese investors to go back to their country.
Police from Central Police Station has been heavily deployed around the place to prevent violence and   the DPC CPS,  Joseph Bakaleke asked traders to be calm and warned them to desist from forcing those with open shops to close