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
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
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.