The Construction Brigade of the UPDF has been tipped to the pole position during awarding of government construction projects. This is confirmed in a July 1st letter to the education and health ministries by Commander In Chief Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The projects are expected to range from government schools and health facilities construction.
In the directive, President Museveni prides in the growth that the Army Construction Brigade has undergone making it a formidable work force.
This Brigade has been instrumental in implementing many projects ranging from simple to high level and complex construction projects.President Yoweri Museveni
With government projects usually characterised with a challenge of lengthy procurement procedures which has in turn stagnated the projects, the president believes the involvement of the army will cut off such delays. Another hiccup to service delivery he intends to achieve is minimising corruption in these processes by what he calls unscrupulous government officials.
This new dawn is expected to kick off this financial year 2021/2022 with ministry of education and sports alongside their health counterparts set to be the pilot studies. The directive which will be gradually extended to cover other sectors of government is expected to save the country from a lot of financial expenditure and time.
Previous assignments of the Army Construction Brigade
This isn’t the first time this specialised arm of they army has shot to limelight and has been taking on all kinds of projects for some time time. Famous for their contribution in the construction of the Namugongo Martyrs shrine as Uganda prepared to host Pope Francis in November 2015, the brigade also added Mbuya Military referral hospital and the ever available Kololo Independence Grounds to the list of accomplishments. The Special Forces Command also has the Army Construction Unit to thank for their new headquarters.
Last year as the generation of electricity at the Nalubaale dam was disrupted by a floating island, the then CDF General David Muhoozi directed the unit to clear it.