Johnson Gimoyi, Mbale City Council Engineer told the Minister during inspection that some of the projects that are nonexistent like a three classroom block at Mayor Primary School and the 5 stanza water borne toilet at North Road Primary School but reflected in the report are an error made during the typing of the report.
Mbale City Council Officials are on the spot over three funded projects that do not exist on the ground and over costing the prices of building.
On Sunday, the State Minister of Economic Monitoring Peter
Ogwang inspected some of the projects in Mbale City and discovered that some of
the projects that the city had indicated to have been worked on in the previous
financial years never existed.
The minister also discovered that the projects that were
worked on within the city were overpriced citing classroom blocks and toilets
which were either constructed or renovated at high cost compared to those other
districts where he moved and had worked on similar projects.
At Mayor Mbale Primary School, the Minister discovered that
the two, three classroom block that the officials indicated to have been constructed at 115 million shillings 2018 and 2019 and the other at 122 million shillings in 2019 /2020, were in fact surprising just one, one-room block.
Another is the construction and renovation of water borne
toilets at North Road Primary School. In the Financial Year 2018/2019, the city
authorities claimed in their report that they renovated a 5 stanza toilet at
Primary School and in the Financial Year 2019/2020, constructed a 7 stanza
water borne toilet in the same school using 56 million shillings on the two projects.
But only one toilet was visible on ground.
The other ghost project is the Namanda-Spipriya Road where
road fund disbursed 102 Million shillings to rehabilitate the road in the
previous financial year but when the Minister visited the road, there were no
works that had been done on the road. The residents in the area also denied
having seen any works ever going on on the ground.
Some of the projects that the Minister cited as having been exaggerated
in prices include Mayor Mbale Primary School, where a three classroom block cost 122 million shillings while a two classroom
block at Busamaga Primary School was constructed at 96 million shillings in the financial
Ogwang ordered for investigations in all the
projects and tasked officials in the engineering department in the city to
coordinate with the team of investigators to provide documents for investigations.
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Johnson Gimoyi, Mbale City Council Engineer told the Minister
during inspection that some of the projects that are nonexistent like a three
classroom block at Mayor Primary School and the 5 stanza water borne toilet at
north Road Primary School but reflected in the report was an error during the
typing of the report.
David Kyansanku, the Mbale City Clerk said that the Minister’s
visit in the city will help them to improve and become better in service
delivery. He said that they will be reviewing themselves especially in the
budgeting and the costing of prices for projects.
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The Mayor Kasim Namugali tasked the City leaders to work
hard and put things right so that when the minister returns to the city, he
finds when things have changed.
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George Mpungu, the Acting Commissioner of Local Government
and Anti-Corruption at CID Headquarters who is leading the team of
investigators on the Minister’s entourage said that they are highly empowered
to investigate the cases and that whoever will refuse to hand over documents
for investigations will be arrested.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.