Sarick Construction Limited, a company contracted to upgrade
Bushenyi Technical College Kahaya is on the spot over slow works.
The firm was contracted to upgrade the college at 7.6 Billion Shillings under
the Uganda Skills Development Project (USDP) with support from the World Bank.
The upgrade works at Bushenyi Technical College included the construction of
classroom block, multipurpose hall, toilet, laundry units, and hostel and
However, the project's supervising team from the Ministry of Education have
faulted the contractor for operating far behind schedule.
During the tour of the site conducted on Tuesday by the Ministry
of Education officials and project coordination unit, they discovered that the
works were behind schedule.
The contractor and workers were also not found at the site.
According to a source close to the contractor who preferred anonymity, the
works at the site stopped due to lack of materials and failure to pay the
Sam Kagwisagye, the Project Engineer in the Ministry of Education, expressed
disappointment with the slow progress of the project.
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Doreen Namatovu Lwanga, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of construction in
the Ministry of Education, says that the contractor received partial payment of 2.28 Billion
Shillings in March as per the contract.
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Bushenyi Technical College, Deputy Principal, Bernard Tuhabwe, said they were
facing a challenge to supervise the contractor because he ignored their advice.
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Repeated calls to Sam Okurut, the Chief Executive Officer Sarick Construction Limited, went unanswered.
In February, the government set aside 14 Billion Shillings to upgrade Bushenyi,
Kahaya, Nyamitanga Technical College in Bushenyi, and Sheema and Mbarara
district into centers of Excellence.
Also to be upgraded are
Bukalasa Agricultural College, Uganda petroleum Institute Kigumba, Uganda Technical
College Kichwamba, Uganda Technical College Elgon and Uganda technical College