Lagan Dott, the company contracted by the government for infrastructure development at Namanve Industrial Park, is facing criticism from ministers due to delays in the construction of roads, drainage systems, and fiber optics. Finance Minister Matia Kasaija and other officials recently visited the site to assess the progress and urged the company to expedite the ongoing works to avoid further setbacks.
In 2019, the government secured a €249 million loan from UK export finance for the development, originally scheduled to be completed by 2023. However, with the works falling behind, the Finance ministry granted Lagan Dott a two-year extension. During the visit, Minister Kasaija questioned the contractor about the delays.
Project supervisor Mr. Andrew Bemanya cited challenges such as floods and bureaucratic delays in some government agencies as reasons for the setback. He specifically mentioned difficulties caused by delayed designs from certain government entities.
State Minister for Investment and Privatization, Ms. Evelyn Anite, expressed concern about the impact of the delays on job creation and emphasized the need for the contractor to accelerate project delivery. Ms. Anite highlighted that 28 out of the planned 44 kilometers have been completed and stressed the urgency of completing the remaining connectivity to support the development of Namanve Industrial Park.
Ms. Anite shared plans to expand the industrial park, aiming for a total of 500 factories. She mentioned the relocation of some factories to Jinja and Soroti in compliance with a presidential directive on wetlands.
Uganda Investment Authority officials revealed the government’s intent to acquire an additional 20 acres for a waste management plant and SMEs park. Finance Minister Kasaija urged UIA to address issues with local residents carefully and involve environmental officers to avoid conflicts.
Minister for General Duties, Mr. Henry Musasizi, emphasized the importance of resolving outstanding issues to ensure value for money. He urged project managers to work diligently to prevent further delays.