Phase 3 of Jocham-Utange rd flagged off
By Allan Kai
The third and final phase in the construction of the Jocham-Utange road has kicked off.
The flagging off of the road was presided by the Kisauni Member of Parliament Ali Mbogo on Wednesday.
Accompanied by the Kisauni Sub-county commissioner Jamleck Mbuba, the MP met with engineers and the area residents, to kick start the reconstruction of the current dilapidated road.
“We gave out this contract last year with the first phase being from Serena to Hassan Joho Girls High School and the second phase from Jocham Hospital to Kwa Palestina. Today we are flagging off the final phase from Kwa Palestina to Hassan Joho Girls High School,” said the MP.
Hon. Mbogo said the three kilometers stretch had some challenges, prompting the engineers to redesign the entire stretch so that they can reconstruct the road, rather than just patch it up and re-carpeting it.
He also acknowledged that they shall be constructing a new drainage system, to help eliminate the constant flooding of the road at the Kwa Palestina area each rainy season.
The MP thanked the national government for clearing the debt owed to the contractors which have given them more confidence to embark on the completion of the construction.
“I have spoken with the contractors and they have assured me that they shall remain on the site until the work is done,” said Mbogo.
He added that the road shall be completed by December 2020, as per the engineer’s projection.
Kisauni DCC Jamleck Mbuba thanked the MP for tirelessly working to help the residents of Kisauni,. He called for the contractors to heed their promise of constructing a durable road that will benefit the people of Utange.
Hon. Mbogo also reiterated that all the casual laborers that the contractor shall require will be sourced from the local youth in Utange so as to give them a chance to earn and better themselves, while possibly learning new skills in the process.