BY MARIA EYORU
The second phase of the Uganda Christian University (UCU) road construction project has suffered delays due to the long and heavy rains that swept through December.
According to the University top management, the sh1.7b road project that started on October 7, 2019 and was expected to be completed by January 31 will now end in February.
Stirling Civil Engineering Limited is tarmacking the University roads. David Mugawe, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration told The Standard newspaper that due to the disruption caused by the heavy rains, the contract was going to be pushed to February.
“We requested the Company to push the contract to February because of the rains that disrupted the construction. Whenever the rain comes, the company stops working,” he said.
Mugawe also told The Standard newspaper that the University requested the company not to ask for extra charges and instead work within the budget that was originally allocated to it.
The site engineer, Moses Nuwahereza, said that the delay in the construction has affected the projects that the company had because of the increase in the timeline.
“When we started the UCU road construction project, we expected it to get done by January as was the original contract that we signed,” he said.
The long and heavy rain did not only affect the road construction but also the students that were studying last semester as they had to walk in mud from their halls of residence to their classrooms.
Stacy Nabaggala, one of the UCU students told The Standard that she was glad when the second phase of the road construction started but was disappointed with the consequences of the heavy rains.
“I was glad that there will be no dust after the tarmacking of the roads but the rains started and delayed the construction work. Some days, we would not go for lectures due to the mud that covered our shoes and legs,” she said.