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Contractor Abandons Two Health Centres in Kabarole

At the beginning of the year, the district embarked on the construction of maternity wards at Nyabuswa Health Centre III, and Kitule Health Centre III at 1.2 Billion Shillings. However, the facilities were abandoned at the ground beam by Ken technical Services.
Nyabuswa health centre III in Mugusu Sub county Kabarole district.

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Kabarole District leaders are concerned about a contractor abandoning two health centers, which has affected service delivery.

At the beginning of the year, the district embarked on the construction of maternity wards at Nyabuswa Health Centre III, and Kitule Health Centre III at 1.2 Billion Shillings. However, the facilities were abandoned at the ground beam by Ken technical Services. 

Grace Biira, a resident of Mugusu sub-county says that they can’t remain silent when taxpayers' money goes to waste. She says that the current maternity ward is too small to accommodate women who seek antenatal services.

She says that she has no option but to travel to Bukuku Health Centre IV in North Division Fort Portal City.

Moses Gumisiriza the in charge at Nyabuswa health Centre says that the current maternity ward can accommodate only eight women, yet they receive more than 60 women every month.

//Cue in the chairman five the CAO... Cue out: with service delivery we are ok"//

In Hakibale sub-county John Kasweta the district councilor says the maternity ward for Kitule Health Centre III was left at a foundation level. He says that the project was abandoned for unknown reasons a move that has angered residents and leaders in the area.

Kasweta says that they had hoped the construction would solve many challenges facing the health unit but this has not come true.

//Cue in construction work… Cue out: process ya delaying"//

Joan Birungi, a resident of Hakibale says that expectant women in the area with complications have to be transported to Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital, which is 30 kilometers. 

Peter Baziira, a member of the District Executive Committee says that abandoning projects is becoming a common practice in the district.

//Cue in: and in that case ... Cue out: to work on this urgently"/

Denis Daduli, one of the managers of Ken Technical Services accused the district of breaching sections of the contract. He explains that they were supposed to be paid 30 percent of the total fee at the commencement of the works, but they received nothing from the district.

//Cue in ours is not abandoned. Cue out: the small you see was our sweat //

John Katotoroma, the Chief Administrative Officer Kabarole says that the district lacked funds to pay the contractors. He however says that the funds are now available and construction of the facilities would resume within no time. 

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