Hima Cement, Uganda, under the auspicious of The East Africa Cement Producers Association plus a team of experts from the ministry of Works and Road Agency Formation Unit plus private consultants and contractors has just completed a workshop looking at ways of increasing cement usage in roads and soil stabilisation projects. The workshop was also followed by an inspection of ongoing pilot projects in western Uganda where cement is being used for various similar projects.
Speaking to the press before the workshop, EACPA Secretary Mbuvi Ngunze said that the purpose of the workshop and inspection was to give road experts an opportunity to appraise themselves, cement use in stabilisation and chart the way forward for future projects that may require similar innovation. He said that though lime, which has been the traditional stabiliser, is largely available in Uganda, its quality is inconsistent due to the unsophisticated nature of production, forcing contractors to import form Kenya.
EACPA was formed five years ago by the eight cement producers in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania namely; Tororo Cement, Hima Cement, Bamburi Cement, East African Portland Cement, Athi River Mining Ltd., Mbeya Cement, Tanga Cement and Tanzania Portland Cement.