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Construction of Kyotera District Headquarters Stalls Due to Diversion of Funds

Hajji Sulaiman Ssamula, the Managing Director Owen Construction Company Ltd is worried that the persistent rainfall could affect the building. Ssamula says he received an initial deposit of Shillings 300M for the project with promises of additional funding in vain
That stalled Kyotera District Headquarters

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The construction of the Kyotera district headquarters has stalled for the past five months due to the diversion of Shillings 540 million set aside for the project. 

In 2018, Kyotera District contracted Owen Construction Company Ltd to construct a three-storey administration block at Shillings 1.5Billion.  

Construction work was expected to be complete by July this year and handed over to the district. However, the construction site is now deserted and overgrown with grass due to lack of funds. 

Hajji Sulaiman Ssamula, the Managing Director Owen Construction Company Ltd is worried that the persistent rainfall could affect the building. 

Ssamula says he received an initial deposit of Shillings 300M for the project with promises of additional funding in vain.    

According to Ssamula, he is still looking for funds to roof the building to protect from damage as he waits for the funds from the district.

Last week, Kyotera district councilor declined to approve the 2019/2020 Financial Year budget estimates citing the failure to include money for the district headquarters.    

The Kyotera Chief Administrative Officer, Fred Kalyesubula, says the Finance Ministry directed him to channel the funds to implement projects in various sub counties. 

These included the construction of a maternity ward at Nabigasa HC III at Shillings 140M, Kalisizo rural sub-county headquarters Shillings 100M, upgrading of the road section around Kyojja swamp Shillings100M, Kabira roadside market Shillings 100M and Kasaali roadside market Shillings100M.       

Patrick Kintu Kisekulo, the Kyotera LC 5 Chairperson, said that the development fund was communicated in time which allowed the district council to make appropriate allocations.  

He says the ministry first allocated them Shillings 500 million but later the money to Shillings 700 million. 

//Cue in; “Batutegeeza nti… ……

Cue out…. Endowooza yaffe nga weyali.”//    

Kisekulo says the ministry later wrote to the CAO instructing him to spend money on project they hadn’t planned for.   

//Cue in; “Batuwandikidde… ……

Cue out…. Mu makka gange.”//     

Both the councilors and LC V chairperson accuse Haruna Kyeyune Kasolo, the Micro-Finance State Minister of influencing the diversion of the funds allocated for the district headquarters to other projects. 

Kisekulo argues that focus should have been put on completing the district headquarters and source for alternative resources to fund the rest of the projects. 

Kasolo has denied influencing the diversion of the district headquarters funds, saying he lobbied the money for sub-counties in Kyotera County and not for the district headquarters as alleged by his accusers. 

He says the decision of the councilors to block the district budget deprives electorates of their right to proper service delivery. 

He alleges that the councilors who refused to pass the budget are simply being influenced by Kisekulo to tarnish his name.   

Experienced politicians in the district have warned that the bickering between Kasolo and Kisekulo may affect the district in terms of service delivery and elections come 2021.