At 8M Construction Digest, we keep repeating the requisite step of a paradigm shift on Uganda at this stage in our country’s history, a shift in the mindset, among the critical mass of movers and shakers in the country. The shift consists, firstly, in viewing the nation Uganda as a massive construction project whichever way you turn, secondly, in taking the given the country has, i.e. its raw materials both natural and human and turning them into the means, and thirdly, in a value-for-money mind during our pursuit of development.

If this paradigm shift, we have said before, is carried at industrial level into productivity (e.g. agriculture), innovation, the economy, infrastructure building, research in science and technology, it will help lift the country out of the pack of least developed countries. The raw materials like oil, iron ore, silica, the phosphates in Tororo and the recently discovered minerals in Lamwo, Kitgum and Pader districts, et cetera, and the humans are the given of the country. If we carry them in our developmental backpack, then our journey of a thousand miles will be worth the effort.

For this reason, the theme of raw materials underpins this issue. You will find Dr Javilla Barugahare, the PhD in materials science, moots the question, ‘Which way Uganda – asphalt or concrete roads?’, a spot-on query to the critical movers and shakers and stakeholders on infrastructure in Uganda! Dr Alice Nabatanzi, the PhD in phytochemistry and neutraceuticals, will surprise you on Uganda’s most used given in infrastructure – cement: Why do you use it that much – even in burying the dead, for instance? Mr Konstantin Gorchakov, MD of MRG Composites, introduces an intriguing and entirely new topic in Uganda’s industrial development vocabulary – composite materials, where plastics are becoming stronger than steel!

As you flip through for your regular articles as well, you will find engineers in ‘Trailblazing’ dismayed that already Uganda cannot maintain the recently launched Entebbe-Kampala Expressway! Angella Naluwenda briefs you about ‘Construction Materials,’ especially pipes. Mama Fundi helps Josylene Nyakato understand why birds happily sit on live high- power lines without being electrocuted. Of course Samson and Delilah, almost unstoppable, are making good progress in building their storeyed nest. Read also of the longest sea-bridge in the world: 34 miles long (from, say, Mulago to Entebbe), has three cable-stayed bridges (cf our single new Cable-stayed Nile Bridge at Jinja), and connects four man-made islands!

Till next issue,

Merry Christmas and Prosperous 2019!

Samuel Hadido

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