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Masaka Municipality Orders Demolition of Shoddy Classroom Block

Masaka Municipality has ordered the demolition of a newly constructed classroom block at Binyonyi primary school and toilets in three other schools over shoddy work.

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Masaka Municipality has ordered the demolition of a newly constructed classroom block at Binyonyi primary school and toilets in three other schools over shoddy work.  In 2011, Masaka Municipality contracted M/S Kenfrey General Enterprises to construct a classroom block at Binyonyi primary school and toilets in Bwala Public school, Kiyimbwe and St. Paul Kitovu primary schools. Documents pinned at the municipality notice board show that the project undertaken under the school facilitation grant-SFG was to cost shillings 89 million.

The classroom block at Binyonyi was estimated to cost shillings 46 million, while the toilets in three toilet would cost shillings 43 million. But Masaka Mayor Godfrey Kayemba and Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga have ordered for the demolition of the classroom block and toilets before completion citing shoddy work. The duo issued the order to demolish the structure this morning after carrying out an inspection exercise to monitor progress of the projects.

The two politicians contend that the structures contain grave defects. Both Mpuuga and Kayemba contend that Miss Kenfrey General Enterprises breached the contract they signed with Masaka Municipality.  Mpuuga explains that the contractors simply used clay without cement and unbaked bricks which renders the buildings weak and exposes pupils to danger.

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Kayemba says the municipality works committee has recommended the demolition of the projects before completion to save the lives of over 2000 primary school pupils who are bound to use them.

Kayemba has also faulted Johnson Baryantuma, Masaka town clerk for effecting 50 percent payments before verifying the work on the ground.

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But Muhammad Mpiigwa, Masaka Municipal engineer and Johnson Baryantuma, Masaka town Clerk say the order by the two officials is illegal. Baryantuma has challenged the two politicians to explain how they ascertained the poor works and shoddy manner of the projects. Baryantuma says his team is satisfied that the work is ok.

Muhammad Mpiigwa, the Masaka Engineer who is supervising the construction admits some defects in the construction but says it does not warrant demolition.

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Mathias Mukasa, Head Teacher Kiyimbwe primary school and Margaret Ddungu, the headmistress Nyendo Public School Binyonyi have accuses Masaka Municipality of failing to involve them in the construction. Mukasa explains that he was surprised to see Baryantuma and Muhammad Mpiigwa, inspecting the toilet and classroom blocks without consulting them since they are the major supervisors of the project.

Mukasa argues that the failure to involve them in the construction is strange and fishy.

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