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Luweero Parents Reject UGX400m Classroom Block

Parents of Kalasa primary school in Makulubita Sub County, Luweero district have rejected a classroom block worth 400 million shillings due to what they called shoddy work.

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Parents of Kalasa primary school in Makulubita Sub County, Luweero district have rejected a classroom block worth 400 million shillings due to what they called shoddy work.

 

The money to construct the block was in 2009 donated by President Yoweri Museveni. Residents had asked President Museveni to reconstruct their school after it was damaged during the 1981—986 NRA war. The president’s donation was channeled through the education ministry to Luweero district accounts.

The construction of the school block was completed in 2011 but the parents have blocked pupils from occupying it. The function that was being prepared to commission the building has been suspended indefinitely following the parents’ complaints. The classrooms are currently idle and pupils are studying in old and dilapidated structures.

The chairman Parents Teachers’ Association (PTA), Enock Musisi, says that a few months after the construction, the floors, verandas and walls have developed wide cracks. He adds that the toilets were poorly built and are not enough. Musisi also says that they were expecting to receive 226 chairs but they got only 110 which were also substandard.

He added that they asked the bill of quantities and the identities of the contractor from the district officials but the officials refused, a sign he says there is something to hide. Musisi insists that the district and the contractor used not more than 180 million shillings to complete the work.

Makulubita sub county councilor, Patrick Ssonko says that parents can’t risk the lives of their children in such a building and asked the district to re-do the work.

The parents accused former Luweero Chief Administrative Officer, Nelson Kirenda, Chief Finance Officer Godfrey Ssegawa, and the district engineers of conniving with the contractor to misappropriate the funds meant for construction. Godfrey Ssegawa, the chief finance officer, denied the accusations but admitted the classroom block was poorly constructed. He also refused to reveal the name of the contractor.

The parents have petitioned the state minister for Higher Education John Chrisestom Muyingo to investigate the matter.

Minister JC Muyingo told URN Reporter that the ministry has dispatched engineers to the area.

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