AUPL: All at Stake as KCCA Host Villa in the ‘Klassico’

The World Bank has cancelled funding to the Uganda Transport Sector Development Project (TSDP) citing a number of contractual breaches.

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced in Washington yesterday, and that the cancellation of the funding was based social and environmental concerns, physician poor project performance, visit this and serious allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse by contractors.

The money was to fund construction of the Kamwenge – Fort Portal Road in western Uganda. However, concerns started emerging a few months ago, that the road contractors were gravely mistreating their manual workers majorly hired from the local communities, and sexually abusing young girls in the area.

During an impromptu visit to the project by the Uganda National Roads Authority Executive Director Allen Kagina, it emerged that a number of school girls has been impregnated by the road workers.

President Kim also said yesterday that an early review of the World Bank-financed project found inadequacies in Bank supervision and lack of follow-through after the serious issues were identified.

“It is our obligation to properly supervise all investment projects to ensure that the poor and vulnerable are protected in our work. In this case, we did not.  I am committed to making sure we do everything in our power – working with other stakeholders – first to fully review the circumstances of this project and then to quickly learn from our and others’ failures so they do not happen again,” he said.

“The World Bank is committed to be a global leader in Environmental and Social Standards in the development sphere, and part of that critical responsibility is to watch projects closely and ensure that risks are properly addressed.”

On September 28, 2015, a Request for Inspection was registered by the Inspection Panel, an independent complaints mechanism for people and communities who believe that they have been, or are likely to be, adversely affected by a World Bank-funded project.


The Request concerned complaints received from the Bigodi and Nyabubale-Nkingo communities located along the Kamwenge to Fort Portal Road. The Request contained numerous allegations of adverse environmental and social impacts stemming from the Project’s construction works, including impacts related to road safety and compensation for land acquisition, as well as serious allegations of road workers’ sexual relations with minor girls in the community, and sexual harassment of female employees.

On October 22, the Bank suspended the financing for the project. The World Bank says that after further review, and after the Government of Uganda and the government contractor did not take corrective it informed the Board on December 17 that it was cancelling the project.

“Because of the serious nature of the allegations, Bank management has informed the World Bank Board and the Inspection Panel that it will take action on the project even while the Inspection Panel carries out its important work,” said Kim.

The Bank however, committed to work with the government to support the affected communities, help ensure that people are protected from retaliation, and address deeply rooted social problems.

SC Villa straight from a thrilling derby win against eternal rivals Express Fc on Friday will again face a stern test on Tuesday at same venue in Nakivubo versing the league leaders KCCA FC.

Villa are in quite inspiring morale after coming from two goals down to beat Express 3-2. KCCA FC on the other side suffered their first loss of the season away at Bul Fc courtesy of a Milton Karisa’s early goal.

The Kasasiro’s missed more than half of their squad in the last two games due to injury but will be boosted by the timely return of midfielder Hakim Senkumba, sales Sakka Mpiima and Denis Okot. Villa’s ‘assassin’ Paul Mucureezi is also back from academic obligations and will feauter in the game.

The two teams last met in the controversial 2015 Uganda cup finals. The first in Ntungamo was aborted mid-way following a protest by KCCA supporters and players who believed the matchday referee Mr. Robert Donney was biased.

Several KCCA players were hitherto banned from the replay in Namboole due to misconduct. SC Villa went on to win the finals with a magnificent 3-0 scoreline goals coming from Augustine Nsumba, information pills Abdul Karim Kasule and Yesseri Waibi.

Both squads have however changed much from then, adiposity SC Villa axing 17 players who were involved last season while KCCA dropped around 13. Ibrahim Kirya who guided the Jogoos to cup glory is again back on his interim manager’s position after the sacking of Spanish agent Antonio Flores.

Villa has won four of the last six games after the Spaniard departed, collecting 14  points since then, moving from 12th to the fourth place with 22 points, five below the leaders.

KCCA FC has been the better side in the last six head to head league games with three wins and as many stalemates. The last time KCCA hosted the derby was last Good Friday ending in a one all stalemate with both goals coming from the spot.

Both teams are now sponsored by pay TV company, StarTimes.

Head to Head.
03/04/15  KCCA 1 – 1 Villa

31/10/14  Villa   0 – 1 KCCA

06/05/14  KCCA 3 – 1 Villa

20/08/13  Villa 1 – 1 KCCA

15/03/13  Villa 0 – 0 KCCA

06/11/12  KCCA 3 – 1 Villa

17/03/12  Villa   2 – 0 KCCA

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