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Malaba Immigration Post Constructed On A Wetland

An audit inspection carried out in November revealed that the Justice Law and Order Sector project cost a tune of over 360 million shillings. However, the works were not completed and the building was abandoned and inaccessible.

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A 2009/10 report by the Auditor General has revealed that the construction of the Malaba Immigration Post was made in a wetland.

An audit inspection carried out in November revealed that the Justice Law and Order Sector project cost a tune of over 360 million shillings. However, the works were not completed and the building was abandoned and inaccessible.

The ministry of Internal Affairs officials led by Dr. Kagoda Stephen, the permanent secretary, explained that the delays were caused by administrative decisions relating to a new project called one stop border control centre.

This was under the East African Trade and Transport facilitation to be funded by the World Bank. Kagoda added that they had at one time been advised by the ministry of works to halt the work.

But following advice from the solicitor general, the project was cleared and the contractor had almost completed the works.

The Public Accounts Committee chaired by Paul Mwiru, Jinja Municipality East MP, noted that the fact that the building was constructed on a wetland, Internal Affairs officials did not go ahead to get a National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) clearance certificate.

The building was also being erected where two new bridges would be constructed.

Kagoda explained that they did not get the NEMA clearance because their decision was based on the understanding that there are other structures in the vicinity.

He added that they went through all the wetland procedures and the ministry of works worked with them through it all but apologized for not getting the clearance.

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The committee also questioned the current status of the building and as to whether the ministry officials went ahead to use it since the company contracted to build it, Leopard Construction Company was still demanding for over 42 million shillings.

According to the letter written by Peter Namiti, the managing director, the construction started in 2005; however, no payments have been made for final account.

The letter adds that the technical team for ministry of works came for final inspection and they ordered the company to redo some works on the doors, painting and the wardrobes which was done within four days.

Namiti also indicates that his company is incurring a lot of expense in keeping the site and there has been theft of the water tank which case has been reported to the police.

 

In the letter written on the 15th of June 2012, to the ministry of works, the company wanted to hand over the site on the 22nd of the same month while demanding for over 42 million shillings.

Cheborion Pat, the principal immigration officer, told PAC that they took advice from ministry of works that they should not to occupy the building since it was going to be demolished.

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Cheborion added that they are yet to pay the contractor the 42 million shillings because the ministry of works is yet to give them the amount to pay despite the numerous reminders to do so.