The Shs 119 billion Kyenjojo-Fort Portal road has already developed cracks, less than three months after it was commissioned by President Museveni.
The road rehabilitation project, fully funded by Ugandan taxpayers was contracted to China Wu Yi construction firm. Upon completion, the 50-kilometre road was commissioned by Museveni in December last year.
However, the road, which starts from Kyenjojo town council and ends at the Mpanga market T-junction in Fort Portal Tourism city has developed cracks around Kaihura trading centre in Butiiti sub county, Kyenjojo district. The stretch measuring about 300 metres has now become bumpy, forcing the contractor to cordon it off.
Now, the Chinese company has started removing the tarmac to pave way for repairs. The project manager Sun Quitang has said that they are solely responsible for the defects and they will not ask for additional money from the government of Uganda.
"There is some fragment issues because when you’re travelling the road user will feel uncomfortable, so we decided to redo it instead of patching patching. If you do patching patching you don’t look good," said Quitang.
Meanwhile, shop owners in Kyenjojo town council are dissatisfied with the project. They say that the steep sides of the road where their shops are located were left uncovered, which has given way to running water into their shops.
Moses Businge, one of the affected shop owners, says that elsewhere, these steep sides have been covered with stones and trenches have been constructed to avoid water stagnation.
But Quitang explains that they were following a road design by Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) and the additional constructions were not part of their work scope.