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Construction Of Kyotera District Headquarters Resumes After Stalling For 21 Months

At least Shillings 1.5bn was budgeted for the whole project and part of the money was expected from the central government. However, the project stalled in April 2019 after the Shillings 540m that was released by the Finance Ministry was suddenly diverted to implement several projects in different sub-counties.
Construction of Kyotera District Headquarters resumes. Photo by Davis Buyondo
The construction of Kyotera district administration block has resumed after stalling for more than 20 months. In 2018, Kyotera district contracted Owen Construction Company Ltd to construct a three-storied administration block. 

At least Shillings 1.5bn was budgeted for the whole project and part of the money was expected from the central government.  However, the project stalled in April 2019 after the Shillings 540m that was released by the Finance Ministry was suddenly diverted to implement several projects in different sub-counties.

Fred Kalyesubula, the then Kyotera Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), said he had directives from the Ministry to channel the money to other projects.  As a result, Shillings 140 million went towards the construction of the maternity ward at Nabigasa HC III, Shillings 100m to the construction of Kalisizo rural sub-county headquarters and Shillings 100m to revamp of Kyojja swamp.

The remaining money went to the construction of Kabira and Kasaali roadside markets, which getting Shillings100M.  However, the directive did not please the councilors who argued that the said projects had already been included in the 2019/2010 financial year budget.  They demanded that the money be used for its original purpose of constructing the administration block.  

While the activities, to which the funds were diverted, are relevant, the councillors said that focus would have been put on completing the district headquarters first. Now, Hajji Sulaiman Samula, the Managing Director - Owen Construction Company Ltd, says the works have resumed, adding that they are working at a reasonable speed to complete the contract.     He says that he had received an initial deposit of Shs300m to begin the project when the financial challenges kicked in. Samula says that due to lack of funds; he could not buy the building materials and pay the casual labourers. He further noted that the district has paid some money and construction has resumed”, he said.

He added that whenever construction works are suspended before the project is implemented; the structure tends to get weak, which costs a lot of money to fix. Patrick Kintu Kisekulo, the Kyotera LC 5 Chairperson, confirmed that they received more funding from the central government to complete the administration block.

According to Kisekulo, the building may be completed in two months according to the contractor. He adds that the district council proposed to name the Council Hall after the Late Vincent Ssemakula Ssetuba, the former Rakai district Chairperson for his contribution to the development of Kyotera before it became independent of Rakai.    

In the meantime, the district is occupying Kasaali sub-county buildings that belong to Buganda kingdom.