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Contractor of Kabushaho Seed Secondary School is On Spot Over Shoddy Work

Dan Taritweba, the chairperson of the Board of Governors Kabushaho seed secondary school, says that the contractor wrote asking for more time because of the COVID-19 pandemic but has not communicated to them since the last extension.

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Khalsa Development Ltd, a private construction firm is on the spot over shoddy work at Kabushaho seed secondary school in Bumbaire sub-county in Bushenyi district. In 2019, the company won a contract to construct Kabushaho seed secondary school at Shillings 2.3 billion.  

The project comprised the construction of three classroom blocks of two classrooms each, ICT block, Administration block, Library, Laboratory, three staff houses two in one and a playground. The project was expected to be completed in a year’s time from March 2019.  However, because of the Covid pandemic, which affected the project work, the contract was extended to March 2021.

During the on-spot inspection mid this week, Bushenyi district LC V Chairperson, Jaffari Bassajabalaba was dismayed with the pace of the work. Bassajabalaba, who was accompanied by the District Education Committee, was also shocked by the shoddy work on some of the buildings that have developed cracks on floors, poor quality doors and fitting.

He noted that much as the contractor has done well on some buildings his failure to complete the project on time, the defaults on the floors and ceiling were not expected.

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The contractor was expected to hand over the project on March 31st, 2021. The team has now extended the contract to April 17th, 2021. Dan Taritweba, the chairperson of the Board of Governors Kabushaho seed secondary school, says that the contractor wrote asking for more time because of the COVID-19 pandemic but has not communicated to them since the last extension.

He says many things have not been done such as landscaping, which needs to be fixed.  

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He wants the contractor given one month or completes the remaining work under the defect liability period.  

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Sara Biryomumaisho, a parent and resident says that the contractor has always been on and off the site, the reason he has failed to complete the works on time.

One of the workers, who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity, said that all pending works will be completed before the agreed date of April 17th, 2021 in preparation for the handover.  

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