of Moroto Children’s home has stalled for the past two months despite being
behind schedule. Information obtained by our reporter shows that the contractor
abandoned the site due to lack of funds.
The Shillings 4.7 billion project is financed by Gender,
Labor and Social Development Ministry. Construction of the boy’s dormitory was
meant to be completed by March this year. However, the work has stalled at
David Bumba, the supervisor of the project says Gali
Technical Services abandoned the site due to lack of funds to continue with the
work. The project that is being implemented in a phased manner is meant to be
completed by March 2022.
According to Bumba, the first phase included
the construction of the boys’ dormitory that was expected to be completed in March
this year is still ongoing.
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Our reporter didn’t find any activity at the construction
site in Musis Village in Katikekile Sub County. The delayed completion of the
works means, minor offenders from the region will be sent to Mbale remand,
which involves high transport costs.
Derrick Masinde, the Regional Coordinator
for Justice for Children in Karamoja notes that there are always challenges in
the delivery of juvenile justice in Karamoja because they have to be sent to
the district where they committed the offence.
“Sometimes we want cases heard from the district where the
alleged crime happened. But often we get challenges moving the juveniles from
Mbale to their respective districts, so having a remand home in Karamoja is
definitely good for us all,” said Masinde.
Once completed, the remand home will comprise an
administration block, staff quarters, sickbay, boys’ and girls’ dormitories,
the kitchen, dining hall and sanitary facilities.