STIRLING Civil Engineering Company Ltd, a major multinational Italian company has won a tender for the construction of a two-kilometer road in Jinja Municipality under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) jointly funded by the World Bank and Government of Uganda.
During the contract signing ceremony held at the Municipal Chambers, the Town Clerk Ambrose Ocen said Stirling emerged the best evaluated bidder after beating 13 other companies.
“it was a tedious, careful and professional processes followed from the time we got clearance and we think and believe you (Stirling)will do a good job because of the big name and track record”, Cen told the people including politicians, civil servants and members of the public who turned up to witness.
Ocen tasked the contractor represented by the Managing Director Gennaro Sirgiovanni to ensure there is value for money and to complete the project within the stipulated 15months.
Speakers after another heaped praises on Ocen and his technical team for a work well done without much media hullabaloo as was the case in the previous contract characterized by accusations of influence peddling by politicians and civil servants.
Jinja Mayor Majid Batambuze was happy to note that for the first time they are getting one of the most prominent companies in the world to renovate roads in the municipality.
He also disclosed that by April next year the municipality will get some good amount of money to work on the roads, and urged residents to cooperate with the contractor.
Titus Kisambira the LC5 boss who also witnessed the function observed that for the first time JMC was having a pressure free contract when even the notorious politicians have given up because no gap has been left for them to utilize against the project.
Without mentioning names, Kisambira faulted some native politicians for always fighting and undermining any project brought by government to the district with unsubstantiated allegations.
“is correct to say we the abasoga are cursed, why on earth do you we always can not allow any project to take shape without making noise and wrongly pointing fingers”, Kisambira said in a rhetoric tone.
Kisambira cited the construction of the district headquarters at Kagoma where some wrong elements rushed to the Inspector General of Government (IGG)with false allegation that it was being done in the middle of the road.
“you can imagine the level of madness and falsehood of some of our people, thank God the IGG found no merit and encourage us to go ahead with the construction”,Kisambira assured.
He used the occasion to warn politicians who are policy makers against meddling in the work of civil servants mandated by law to implement programs and projects initiated by the government.
On his part the RDC Eric Sakwa lambasted some unnamed politicians for always causing confusion and sowing the seeds of discord in the community by using their positions.
This after fresh intelligence reports indicate that a section of youth is being incited by one of the politicians in the district to hold a demonstration against Stirling to make it appear that it’s a bad company.
“we are already aware of the sinister motive and the security will swing in action to crush any such maneuver aimed at fulfilling selfish interests of some individuals”, Sakwa said.
The RDC assured Stirling Civil Engineering Ltd of maximum support to ensure they deliver in time saying its part of political accountability to the people of Jinja by the ruling NRM government.