CONSTRUCTION OF LANGO PALACES FAILS TO START, DESPITE LAUNCH

BY CHARITY AKULLO

LIRA.

The construction of Lango Palace has failed to kick-off despite its launch more than three weeks ago by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mr. Jacob Oulanyah who represented President Yoweri Museveni at a function attended by cultural, political, and religious leaders from the region.

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) funded project for the construction of the Shs 4.6 billion Lango palace, administration unit, and cultural center was awarded to CDM Investment Limited and was launched on February 20 at the construction site located at Ireda cell, Lira City East Division.

The site engineer Mr. Patrick Opua on Saturday told Daily Monitor in an interview that currently there is no any activity taking place at the site and they have not yet started the work because the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has not yet issued them a commencement letter to the contractor that would make the contractor to commence work.

“They wanted the contractor to first meet with the consultant to discuss more about the project before the contractor can begin the project so we are waiting for the commencement letter so that we can start the project”, Mr. Opua said.

He said the delay in issuing the commencement letter may lead to delay in the work since the 18 months contract period would start to be counted immediately from the date of the project launch and issuance of commencement letter.

The Prime Minister of Lango Cultural Foundation Eng. James Ajal said that the latest update is that the letter of commencement has been written to the contractor and the funds will be transferred.

“The latest information will be on Tuesday next week and I will inform you”, Mr. Ajal said when contacted for comment.

Ms.Grace Freedon Kweyucuny, the Minister for Northern Uganda said the cultural center that is going to be constructed should be a center of innovation through training of Lango cultural practices.

“The cultural center being constructed should be used as a center of innovation through training of cultural norms and practices. So this center when finalized should be used for training the young children majorly the youths so that they are able to learn their cultural practices and norms,” She said.

She noted that the center should also be used as a tourism attraction where money can be generated from tourists who would be interested in knowing the cultural history of Lango.

BY CHARITY AKULLO

LIRA.

The construction of Lango Palace has failed to kick-off despite its launch more than three weeks ago by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mr. Jacob Oulanyah who represented President Yoweri Museveni at a function attended by cultural, political, and religious leaders from the region.

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) funded project for the construction of the Shs 4.6 billion Lango palace, administration unit, and cultural center was awarded to CDM Investment Limited and was launched on February 20 at the construction site located at Ireda cell, Lira City East Division.

The site engineer Mr. Patrick Opua on Saturday told Daily Monitor in an interview that currently there is no any activity taking place at the site and they have not yet started the work because the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has not yet issued them a commencement letter to the contractor that would make the contractor to commence work.

“They wanted the contractor to first meet with the consultant to discuss more about the project before the contractor can begin the project so we are waiting for the commencement letter so that we can start the project”, Mr. Opua said.

He said the delay in issuing the commencement letter may lead to delay in the work since the 18 months contract period would start to be counted immediately from the date of the project launch and issuance of commencement letter.

The Prime Minister of Lango Cultural Foundation Eng. James Ajal said that the latest update is that the letter of commencement has been written to the contractor and the funds will be transferred.

“The latest information will be on Tuesday next week and I will inform you”, Mr. Ajal said when contacted for comment.

Ms.Grace Freedon Kweyucuny, the Minister for Northern Uganda said the cultural center that is going to be constructed should be a center of innovation through training of Lango cultural practices.

“The cultural center being constructed should be used as a center of innovation through training of cultural norms and practices. So this center when finalized should be used for training the young children majorly the youths so that they are able to learn their cultural practices and norms,” She said.

She noted that the center should also be used as a tourism attraction where money can be generated from tourists who would be interested in knowing the cultural history of Lango.

About Goodluck Musinguzi

Born on 12th March 1979 in Kabale district, South Western Uganda near the Rwanda and Eastern Congo Borders. Started Journalism around 1999, the Kibwetere inferno was a turn around. Entatsi newspaper and Monitor FM were interested in my stories. I covered extensively the Amama Mbabazi-Garuga Musinguzi Parliamentary elections extensively for Monitor Newspaper,Monitor FM, Voice of Kigezi and Entatsi Newspaper. Later I worked with Uganda Radio Network. Newvision gave me opportunity to cover War in Eastern Congo. Did investigation stories. Am now the Chief Executive Officer Kigezi News Agency Limited, we publish for a number of websites in Uganda.

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