The Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development released over 850 million shillings for the construction of Kikamulo Seed Secondary School in Nakaseke district. The last quarterly release for the school was in April this year.
than 850 million shillings disbursed for the construction of Seed Secondary
School is lying idle on the accounts of Nakaseke district ahead of the closure
of the financial year.
The Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development released over 850
million shillings for the construction of Kikamulo Seed Secondary School in
Nakaseke district. The last quarterly release for the school was in April this
The construction is funded under Uganda Inter-Government Fiscal Transfers
However, a few weeks to the end of the financial year, the district is yet to utilize
the funds over a lack of contractors to execute the works.
Ignatius Koomu Kiwanuka the LCV Chairperson Nakaseke District says that the
funds remain unutilized because the Ministry of Education and Sports is yet to
introduce to them the company awarded with the contract to construct the
Koomu says that they are now worried that money is likely to be taken back to
the consolidated fund because they are unable to spend it within the next few
Koomu said that they have learned that these companies are awarded multiple
construction projects under one batch and they can’t pull resources to do them
at the same time causing a delay in execution.
He cited another project of construction of Kalege Health Center III which was
supposed to be completed last year but was delayed and money was sent back to
the consolidated fund after the contractor arrived late at the site.
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Robert Senuu the LCIII Chairman of Kikamulo sub-county says that the residents
were happy when in 2020 the Ministry of Education announced the construction of
the first secondary school in the area.
Senuu adds that the Seed Secondary School is expected to save learners from
trekking over 10 kilometers to schools in nearby town councils. Senuu however
is disappointed that the construction is taking long yet the money is
"We had already mobilized 50 students who already studying in the
temporary building as we wait for the construction of the school but we are
frustrated over the delay. Last financial year, some money for the project was
returned to consolidated and this year it is likely to happen again" Senuu
Allan Mayanja Ssebunya the Nakaseke Central Member of Parliament says that the
procurement of contractors for local projects by the central government is a
mockery of decentralization policy.
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Dr. Dennis K. Mugimba the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Education and Sports
declined to comment on the matter saying he had no information.
Doctor Joyce Moriku Kaducu the State Minister for Primary Education who is also
acting Minister for Higher Education said she needed time to find out what has
caused the delay.
In October last year, Members of Parliament on the committee of the National
Economy expressed concern about delays in the completion of seed schools across
This is after visiting several districts and finding works behind schedule. The
MPs asked the Education ministry to stop awarding many contracts to a single
company as this is affecting the completion of works.
year President Yoweri Museveni directed that all new government school and
hospital projects be handled by the UPDF Engineering Brigade starting the 2021/
2022 financial year.