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.