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Contractor Accused of Delaying Completion of Health Centre III

Amolatar District leaders are questioning why the contractor was paid all the money before completing the works.
The incomplete building

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Otada Construction Company is on the spot for delaying the completion of Nakatiti Health Centre III in Amolatar District.

In 2018, the Ministry of Health approved the upgrade of Nakatiti Health Centre II to Health Centre III status. The company was supposed to construct a single block housing the Out Patient Department (OPD), maternity, labour and children’s ward, a laboratory and store among others.

Construction of the 500 Million Shillings block was expected to be concluded by June 2019.

Amolatar District leaders are questioning why the contractor was paid the full amount before completing the works.

Geoffrey Ocen, the Amolatar LCV Chairperson wants the District Health Officer and District Engineer held responsible. He alleges that they connived with the contractor to swindle the money.

He wants the Inspector General of Government to intervene and the contractor should refund 108 Million Shillings.

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According to Ocen, the equipment that was supposed to be installed in the hospital is gathering dust in the district stores.

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But Robert Okidi, the Acting District Engineer explained that the contractor was paid in full after several consultations with members of the District Executive Committee-DEC who advised them against returning the money to the treasury.

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Dr Simon Aliga, the acting District Health Officer wants the contractor given more time to complete the works. He said that if they fail, the money should be refunded.

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Geoffrey Rackara, an engineer with Otada Company is optimistic that works will be completed in a month.

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