Background introduction to why FDC couldn’t cross the bridge. It was procured for in 2009 and 2012, but in 2014 some reports said 50% and another said 72% while in the Kumi District there is nothing. The Bridge is not there and the reports tell that the company did not deliver. Okokor Bridge is a project and not finished product a typical NRM business and money spent on nothing instead of delivering steady progress. Let’s take a look!
PPDA reported this on the report of set contracts on the matter in 2010:
“The Tender for the construction of the Okokor Bridge in Kumi District, cost for the open bidding UGX: 400,037,000. The date awarded the company was on the 9th December 2009. To the company called Ms. MML Road Construction Company Co. Ltd. And the construction by that is on-going” (PPDA, 2010).
“For Okokor bridge Work the contractor has been served with a vacation notice and MoWT will take possession of
the site” (MoWT, June 2014)
Construction of Okokor Bridge in Kumi District:
“This project was intended to connect Nyero and Mukongoro sub-counties in Kumi district. The contract was awarded in October 2011 to M/s MML Road Construction Co. Ltd at a contract price of Ug shs 400,037,000 and a contract period of four months. The works which had progressed up to the deck level in June 2011 were discovered not to be to the desired quality.This contract expired on the 27th September 2010. In the FY 2013/14, the MoWT took over the site since it was abandoned by the contractor. At the time of monitoring in July 2014, the Ministry was in the initial stages of procuring another contractor to complete the works. No works had been carried out since the last time the site was monitored in December 2012″ (MoFED, October 2014).
“On going Projects:” (…)”Okokor (Kumi) – 72%” (MoFED, March 2015).
(MoFED, March 2015)
“Details of Off-Budget Activities carried out by NGOs, Central Government, the Private Sector and Donors: Construction of Okokor Bridge along Kabukol-Kamenya-Nyero district road under Ministry of Works & Transport.
The three biggest challenges faced by the department in improving local government services:
- Under Staffing in Engineering department:
Staffing gaps results to inefficiency hence poor service delivery
- Lack of heavy duty road equipment for Force Account operations:
The heavy duty equipment was supposed to be at zonal base but these bases are not yet equipped hence negatively affecting planned Periodic Road Maintenance and Road Rehabilitation activities
- High breakdown rate of the new road equipment:
The new Chinese road equipment are weak moreover the cost of their repair is higher since the supplier enjoys
monopoly. The weak supervision pick-up has hampered supervision in the sector thus delay in completion of some of the planned activities” (Vote: 529 Kumi District Budget Paper for 2016/2017).
There are issues here and money that are missing while the bridge is certainly not 72% done or 50% ready. So there is a reasons why FDC couldn’t pass the river today. Though I am not in the level that the FDC dropped of 4 Billion shillings wasted on nothing. Still the sums here are high enough and I don’t know if there are older projects of the same bridge that has been unfruitful in Kumi District. Peace.
Local Government Budget Framework Paper –‘Vote: 529 Kumi District’ (Written by Ismael Orot) . Financial Year for Paper budget: 2016/2017
Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development- ‘Roads Sector Annual Monitoring Report Financial Year 2013/14’ (October, 2014)
Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development – ‘NATIONAL BUDGET FRAMEWORK PAPER FY 2015/16’ (March 2015).
Ministry of Works and Transport – Ministrial Budget Policy Statement (June 2014)
The Public Procurement Disposal of Public Assets Authority – ‘REPORT ON CONTRACTS AWARDED IN EXCESS OF US$ 100,000 FOR THE PERIOD JULY 2009 TO JUNE 2010’