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Isingiro Parents Block Commissioning of Classrooms Over Shoddy Work

According to the parents, local leaders and PTA members the new classroom block has already developed cracks before it is commissioned.

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Parents of Kabingo seed S.S and residents of Kigarama parish in Isingiro district have blocked the commissioning of a new classroom block citing shoddy work. They accuse the contractor Byensi Kakuru of Kakain Engineering limited of poor workmanship.

The UGX 300M classroom block is part of the 33 projects that were approved by Isingiro district council for construction in the 2013/2014 financial year budget. According to the parents, local leaders and PTA members the new classroom block has already developed cracks before it is commissioned.

They want the district to compel the contractor to redo the works before the building is commissioned. Donozio Kibanda, a parent at the school accuses a Byensi Kakuru of denying their children a chance to study in a well build classroom block.  

He faults the engineering department for certifying the shoddy work, saying as parents and community members they will not allow the building commissioned until there is value for money.

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Elly Twinomujuni, a member of the district executive says they carried an on spot inspection of the classroom block and discovered several cracks.

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Last week, the Isingiro district council recommended the blacklisting of Kakain Engineering limited. The council also directed the district engineer Edison Kanyamahanga who supervised and certified the work be made to refund the money spent on the building.

Byensi has not commented as he couldn't be reached by our reporter. But Edison Kanyamahanga, the Isingiro district engineer says the works were done in accordance with the contract agreement.

Donath Eswelu, the Chief Administrative Officer Isingiro district has promised to institute an independent team of engineers to verify the works before any action is taken. He revealed that five other contractors have been summoned to re-do their work or refund money spent on the projects. 

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A report by the district education and health committee shows that only five of the 33 buildings contracted last year are moderate sharp.

The report named some of the poorly built structures as Kasumba, Nyaburogota, Kashenyi, Kitezo, Burigyi, St. Deos Kitooha primary schools and Staff houses at Rugaga health centre four. Others are the main toilet at Bugango market and that of the Isingiro district headquarters. 

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