A section of Kitgum district councillors have raised concerns over
the slow construction of Amida seed secondary school in Manwoko South Village
in Labongo Amida Sub-county.
Construction of the school started in November last year, almost six months
after Zeep Construction Uganda Ltd, the company that was awarded a contract to
construct the school, failed to start works
Ministry of Education and Sports awarded Zeep Construction Uganda Ltd a
contract for the 2.55 billion Shillings school construction project sitting on
a 21 acres’ piece of land offered by community members in May last year.
Jennifer Amono Opira, the women representative for pager and central division
while presenting matters of urgent importance during a full council meeting
last week says about 1.2 billion shillings for the seed school is expected to
be returned back to the treasury.
Amono says this is the second time the district is likely to lose money meant
for the seed school project after about 589 million shillings was
sent back last year to the consolidated fund when the district failed to
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She tasked the Chief Administrative Officer Martin Gwokto Jacan to explain why
the contractor hasn’t yet been issued money for the school project which is
likely to affect the completion of the school by May 15th this year.
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Kenneth Nyero Nyok-Cek, the Namokora sub county LCV Councillor says the district
is bound to lose on key infrastructural development in the future in case funds
for the school project is returned again to the treasury.
He says the district leaders especially office of the CAO and district
chairperson should put more emphasis in ensuring the contractor beats the
required dead line before end of the financial year.
The Kitgum District Chief Administrative Officer Martin Gwokto Jacan
acknowledges that the construction work has been slow.
He also noted that 589 million shillings meant for the project was indeed
returned adding that was has been budgeted for return by the education ministry
is only 571 million, a shortfall of 17.3 million shillings.
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Jacan says the contractor has on several occasions been issued with serious
warnings by the district engineer through letters copied to the education
ministry to expedite the construction work.
He however notes that despite the commitment the contractor has shown to
expedite construction, the district hasn’t released any money to him because he
didn’t request for money.
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But Andrew Cohen Olal, the Zeep Construction UG Ltd General Manager says they
made request for money two weeks ago but they haven’t got any feedback from the
He says the site was recently visited by the district engineer who made
assessment of the current construction to quantify amount they can release but
the assessment reports haven’t been issued.
Olal says they have so far spent more than 300 million shillings on
establishing six classroom and administrative blocks to the ring beam, pit
latrine slabs and require money to complete the structures.
He cites that they may be unable to deliver timely work if the district holds
back their request for funds longer than expected.
The Education Ministry early last year commenced on the procurement process to
construct 127 Seed Secondary Schools under the Inter-Government Fiscal Transfer
Program in sub-counties across the country.