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Busia Chairman Angry With Contractor For Delayed Commencement of Works At Health Facilities

In April this year, Busia district authorities flagged off the construction works at both facilities after receiving Shillings 3.4 billion from the World Bank through the Health Ministry for the improvement of maternal and child health care services.
File photo during ground breaking for construction of modern marternity ward at Busiteman health center III (By Mukisa Gabriel)

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Busia district LC V Chairperson, Stephen Mugeni Wasike is up in arms against Chinese firm Young Jim Construction Company limited for the delayed commencement of construction works at Busitema and Busime Health center III. 

In April this year, Busia district authorities flagged off the construction works at both facilities after receiving Shillings 3.4 billion from the World Bank through the Health Ministry for the improvement of maternal and child health care services.

 

According to the breakdown, the ministry allocated Shillings 1.5billion to Busitema health center III for the construction of 19-bed capacity maternity ward, laboratory, staff quarters for two medics, an incinerator, placenta and medical pits, external walkways(pavements), perimeter fence, installation of solar and water system. 

The ministry allocated the remaining Shillings 1.9 billion to Busime health center III for the construction of an outpatient department- OPD, perimeter fence, staff house, incinerator, laboratory and installation of a solar and piped water system. Young Jim Construction Company limited was contracted to undertake the works within 16 months.  

However, the contractor is yet to kickstart the works four months into the contract. On Thursday, the LC V Chairperson, Stephen Mugeni Wasike led a team of officials to inspect the works and found nothing on the ground. He expressed concern about the delayed commencement of the works by the contractor.  

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Luke Laughers Padde, the Busitema sub-county LC V councillor, says that they were shocked to find nothing on the ground since the ground-breaking event in April this year.  

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Ben Okamar, the Busitema sub-county LC 3 Chairperson, said that they are worried that the contractor may fail to beat the contract period, which may raise audit queries.  

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Kim Young Sul, an Engineer from Young Jim Construction Company limited told URN that they are challenged by lack of materials for constructing a slab.  He, however, said that they had identified good hardcore in Mayuge and Moroto districts. 

Kim said that they expect to deliver the required equipment and machinery at the site by the end of this week to kick start the works.

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