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Kalungu District Headquarters Develop Cracks Before Completion

On July 3, the district leadership relocated their administration offices to occupy the half-complete structure. But there are already visible cracks emerging from the building’s foundation through the walls of the ground floor which is being occupied by the different department offices.
Some of the developing cracks in the new headquarters of Kalungu district that is still under construction

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The newly constructed structures to house Kalungu district headquarters have developed cracks days after it was occupied.

Kalungu district undertook to construct its headquarters at Kaasabbale village, last year, to pave way for the district to vacate Buganda Kingdom’s sub-county premises which they have occupied since 2010.  The district contracted Victoria Construction Limited to execute the project works.

On July 3, the district leadership relocated their administration offices to occupy the half-completed structure. But there are already visible cracks emerging from the building’s foundation through the walls of the ground floor which is being occupied by the different department offices.  

Charles Sserwanja, the L.CV councillor representing Bukulula sub-county says they are equally concerned about the cracks that have emerged even before the building is fully utilized.

According to the structural plan, the district intends to construct a three-storied building at 2.8 billion Shillings. But Sserwanja is highly suspicious about the quality of work done so far, and the value for the money spent. He says they are going to task the District Engineer to provide a technical report about the status of the building, whose quality he says is substandard.

//Cue in; “bwembadde nkirambula…

Cue out; …nga bwekiri.”//  

Charles Mutebi, the Secretary for Finance, Planning and Administration committee, demands that the district seeks services of private civil engineers to carry out an independent assessment of the quality of materials used in the construction to avoid eventualities that may lead to the loss of lives.

//Cue in; (Luganda) “abakugu baveeyo…  

Cue out; ….ekiri ku mutindo.”//  

Richard Kyabaggu, the Kalungu district chairperson confirms the presence of cracks in the building but hastens to add that these are as a result of the rush with which the construction works were undertaken. According to him, the construction work was rushed because the district did not want to start this financial in rented headquarters, saying that all the cited defects on the building will be rectified in due course.

Luganda //Cue in; “obuzibu bivudde…

Cue out…oba obweyongeramu.”//   

Kalungu District Chief Administrative Officer Freda Nabirye argues that it’s too early to make a judgement about that project before it's completion. According to her, the contractor has only delivered a quarter of the structure and still has the time to fix all the defects. She says the contractor has only been paid 720 million out of the total of 2.8 billion Shillings agreed upon.

William Kigongo, the director of the contracted company director declined to comment about the matter.