UNRA to Get Construction Machines

Asuman Kiyingi, the minister of state for works, has blamed the lack of after sales services from contracted equipment suppliers to the delays in completing some major road works.

Speaking at the launch of Case construction equipment, a brand of CNH industrial in Kampala last week, Kiyingi said many government equipments had gone to waste due to the lack of spare parts from the contracted suppliers.

“After-sales services and machine durability has been a challenge. We have also had the problem of the management of these machines. We have been encouraging the contractors to supply spare parts, and repair those that have been damaged,” said Kiyingi

He continued: “But we have been assured by Case construction that theirs will be different because they will be offering very reliable after-sales services. The Case construction equipment, which are heavy construction machinery, come at a time when the country is undergoing a lot of road construction works.”

Case construction has equipment such as backhoe loaders, and compactors, among others. The company will soon handle equipment to the Uganda National Roads Authority [UNRA]. The newly-procured machinery is said to cost more than Shs 348m, according to Herman Mbalasi, the country manager of Cooper Motors Corporation.

“This is a deal that we tendered through the government processes and we were awarded as Cooper motors to supply the machines and we shall be handing it over to UNRA after the registration and the normal process is done,” Mbalasi said. The machines are also fuel efficient. UNRA enjoys one of the largest shares of the national budget, annually accounting for more than Shs 1 trillion.

The body is this year expected to finish many of the roads it had planned ahead of the 2016 elections.

Source : The Observer