The Lord Mayor His Worship Erias Lukwago has been forced to come out of his sick leave to officially give Closing Remarks at the Annual 2nd KCCA Suppliers’ Conference 2021 held at Imperial Royale Hotel today.
He asked all Suppliers to know that they are partners in transforming Kampala into a vibrant, attractive, livable, resilient and sustainable City. He asked them to not only come to KCCA to pick their cheques but also, to add a positive punctuation to this City.
The Lord Mayor raised the public concerns about contractors delaying completing their commitments citing the current construction of John Babiiha (Acacia road), Spear-Ntinda and several other World Bank road projects, supply of asphalt among others. He said this will lead to blacklisting such suppliers in future. He advised foreign companies to consider progress against milestone agreed upon.
The Lord Mayor also urged local firms and/or suppliers to build capacity to manage projects if they are to be considered in the 40% Buy Uganda Build Uganda strategy.
Lastly, he said is largely touched by the delayed payments as a result of KCCA being underfunded. He asked all suppliers to join the campaign in lobbying Government to atleast return 3% of the National Budget towards the infrastructural development of Kampala as resolved by the Authority. He asked them not to halt supplies because of delayed pay as this will frustrate progress in the city yet they know that irrespective of the delay, their pay will finally come through.