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Contractors Arrested for Closing Health Centre III Over Arrears

Mpakibi Investments was contracted by Luuka district local government to rehabilitate the maternity ward and outpatient department. However, they were paid 4 million shillings and are demanding 12 million shillings.
Patients await medical attention at Irongo health centre in Luuka
Two employees of Mpakibi investments have been arrested for locking Irongo Health Centre III in Luuka District.

Juma Waiswa and Halidi Muzata were arrested on Monday and detained at Nakabugu police station. The health centre was later opened withe the help of the police.

Mpakibi Investments was contracted by Luuka district local government to rehabilitate the maternity ward and outpatient department. However, they were paid 4 million shillings and are still demanding 12 million shillings. 

Abdullah Mpakibi, the Director says that, the rehabilitation of the health centre was completed in December last year and handed over to the district authorities.

“It is well stipulated in the contract that, on handing over the project, the district authorities are supposed to pay our money in a period of two months which they have not done. We decided to close down this facility so as to force them pay our outstanding debt but, my employees were instead arrested,” he says. 

The Chief Administrative Officer Luuka, Nsubuga Zirimenya says that the contractors will be paid towards the end of this year.

“We suffered a budget shortfall towards the end of last financial year, but we have processed that money and this contractor will be paid in mid-December,” he says. 


The District Police Commander, John Bosco Serunjogi, has said that the suspects are facing charges of trespass and will be taken to court before the end of this year.