Shoddy work hits Masindi, chairman directs investigations

Masindi district political leaders inspect Bulima Town Council Administration block that they refused to commission citing poor construction work. (Photo: Moses Andama)

The Masindi District Chairman has directed the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to commence investigations into the shoddy work done on the construction of the Bulima Town Council administration block.

Addressing the technical and political committees and other staffs at the launch of the newly created Bulima town council yesterday (Wednesday), Mr Cosmas Byaruhanga directed Ms Phiona Sanyu to lead a team of investigators to probe why work done at the building does not reflect value for money.

While at the site, it was observed that the newly constructed building had already developed some cracks in the walls besides the contractor using less cement in sand.

This forced the leaders present not to commission the administration block and instead commissioned a three-classroom block that cost Shs77m at Bulima primary school.

 “The Shs50m from the Forced Account is big compared to the work done. If leaders just keep silent on something even blind people can do, the nation shall be at stake. I, therefore, give the CAO a period of two weeks to investigate and give us a report on the matter why the administration block was poorly constructed,” Mr Byaruhanga said.

Speaking at the same function at Bulima primary school, the Bujenje County Member of Parliament where the developments have been done, Mr Kenneth Kiiza Nyendwoha, expressed concern over the sloppy work done at the building.

He called for immediate action against people who mismanage public funds for their selfish gain.

“We shall not hesitate to deal with people who don’t value money and yet government puts in a lot of it in such projects. Whoever shall be caught doing such things should face courts of law,” Mr Nyendwoha averred.

However, the officials commissioned the Bulima town council administrative block and launched Nyantonzi sub-county and Kabango town council all in Bujenje county. 

Last week, the authorities also refused to commission a five-stance pit latrine at Bwijanga Health Centre 4 which cost more than Shs20m and Kihagani primary school staff quarters block due to shoddy work.

Masindi district officials started the monitoring exercise and commissioning of government projects on Monday. The exercise continues up to 20 this month.

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