By Perez Rumanzi
Ntungamo — Ntungamo Municipal Council officials have cited poor workmanship on Kaguta Road and want some sections of the road reconstructed.
The Mayor of Ntungamo Municipality, Mr Jacob Kafureka, the town clerk, Mr Christopher Ahimbisibwe, and councillors said some sections of the road were constructed in a way that makes some parts of the town inaccessible while others are not compatible with the town plan.
Works on the 1.3 kilometre Kaguta Road are part of Ntungamo-Mirama Hills road construction project contracted to Zhongmei Construction Company.
“When you look at the way the road has been done, it makes doing business in the town difficult yet our aim is to facilitate this in the most easy and convenient way,” said Mr Ahimbisibwe.
He was speaking at a meeting between officials from Ntungamo council, Uganda National Roads Authority (Unra) and Zhongmei Construction Company at the Municipal Council Hall on Wednesday.
The meeting was called after a section of the councillors petitioned the executive director of Unra over the road’s poor design and workmanship.
The council authorities want roundabouts fixed at the Mirama Hills Road and Kaguta-Mbarara Road junctions. Mr Elias Kakyafu, the Kyamate ward councillor, said without a roundabout and widening of the road at the Mirama Hill Road junction, there will be a rise in accidents.
Mr Kafureka blamed the poor workmanship on Unra saying several earlier pleas by council officials to meet them and the contractor over the matter fell on deaf ears. He said the meeting has come when the work is almost complete.
The Unra project engineer, Mr Paddy Ahimbisibwe, however, said most of the demands by the council were not captured in the original contract and the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
However, the municipal authorities said they have never signed a MoU with the contractor and neither did they know that there was such a requirement.
The public relations officer of Zhongmei, Ms Dorris Amutuheire, said the contractor followed technical drawings of the road, and that it will only be redone when the contract has been reviewed.
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By Sadab Kitatta Kaaya
Amama Mbabazi’s campaign rallies in Ntungamo today were marred with chaos and violent clashes between his supporters and those who appeared to be of fellow candidate President Museveni.
Allen Kafureka one of the protesters at Mbabazi’s rally said it would be “embarrassing for Museveni to watch news of Mbabazi in Ntungamo without us giving him support. He should have told us about Museveni’s wrongs while still in government”, he said.
Mbabazi first encounter with pro-Museveni supporters was at his second stop-over at Rwashameire in Kajara county but ended without any serious confrontations.
At Rubare township in Rushenyi county, Mbabazi supporters arrested a man who was pulling down their candidate’s posters and handed him over to police.
A supporter dressed in a Museveni T-shirt being arrested at Mbabazi’s rally
The first major confrontations were at Kitwe in first Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni’s Ruhaama constituency where Mbabazi’s supporters vandalised a car pasted with Museveni’s campaign posters.
It’s occupants who were allegedly commanding anti-Mbabazi protesters fled for dear life as Mbabazi supporters pounced on them. NRM supporters who had lined up the road leading Mbabazi’s rally venue also took to their heels.
At all his rallies, Mbabazi urged supporters to build courage to beat off all sorts of intimidation. The Observer witnessed one incident where a woman driving a Land Cruiser UAL 607A giving out money and T-shirts to youths in Ntungamo town.
Occupants of this vehicle were seen distributing money and Museveni’s T-shirts to Mbabazi supporters
Addressing the press shortly after, Mbabazi urged his colleagues in NRM to stop disrupting his rallies.
“When a candidate is having a rally in a given area, it’s not proper for another party to hold a function around,” Mbabazi said.
“NRM must know that there is real competition and they should be braced for it,” he added.
“If this is not urgently arrested, it may spill into something ugly. I don’t mind NRM attending my rallies but their provocation, their comments and interruptions constitute a strong reason for what happened”, he said.
He blamed the Electoral Commission for not doing enough to stop the disruptions.
“NRM should take it calmly and easy and brace for the competition coming up. I would like to urge the NRM to take it easy and know that there’s real competition and rise up to the challenge”, he said.
Today’s clashes between supporters of either camps are the arguably the most physical following similar confrontations in Mukono, Hoima, Fort Portal.
Mbabazi earlier protested to the EC over what he called NRM provocation. NRM secretary general Kasule Lumumba even apologised for the Fort Portal incident where a helicopter painted with a massive Museveni poster landed at a venue of Mbabazi’s rally. Lumumba blamed it on a change of campaign program schedules by Mbabazi camp that caught them unawares. It is not immediately clear who was behind today’s seemingly sabotage efforts.
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