By Richard Akandwanaho
Covid 19 pandemic, heavy rains and poor roads have affected the ongoing construction works at Kabale Modern Central Market in Kabale town.
Kabale Central Market which according to the Memorandum of Understanding will cost (23,762,530,962) Twenty three billion Seven hundred sixty two million five hundred thirty thousand nine hundred and sixty two shillings only was contracted by Chinese International Construction Company [CICCO]. The two year project which commenced on December 20th 2019 is expected to be completed by December 20th 2021
However, Charles Mubuya the project’s site engineer told our reporter at the site today that the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic and heavy rains being experienced in Kabale district could hinder their targeted completion schedule.
Mubuya said that completion work is currently at 37 percent and is expected to be at 48 percent by the end of this year 2020. He said that due to Covid 19 outbreak, they reduced number of workers to observe the SOPs of the ministry of health especially during the months of April, May and June.
Mubuya further said that also due to curfew, they were forced to reduce number of working hours which could also hinder their timely completion of the market. He further revealed that they encountered difficulties in obtaining materials as hard wares were closed due to COVID 19.
The site Engineer also said that some section of Ntungamo Kabale road collapsed at Kabalaga in the last month resulting in the delay of key material delivery like steel. Mubuya added that the current heavy rains experienced in Kabale district and Kigezi region at large are also a hindrance in their construction.
Mubuya is however confident that they shall complete the construction activities in the agreed time schedule.
The Kabale municipality mayor Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha who was also at the site to monitor the progress of the construction activities said that despite the current challenges, the market will be completed in the agreed time flame. He added that Kabale municipal council is committed to supporting the contractors so that quality work is achieved.