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Nakasongola LCV Chairman Rejects Works Ministry Report On Culverts

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In his September 14, 2021 response to the CAO on behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Transport, Engineer T. Mugenyi says that results from tests conducted on the culverts submitted by the district indicate that they meet the specifications of class light pipes for the roads.
Nakasongola Chairman Samuel Kigula displaying pieces of culvert that broke down before installation
Nakasongola District LC V Chairperson, Samuel Kigula has rejected a report by the Ministry of Works and Transport okaying the culverts used to construct roads in the area. In August this year, Kigula asked Alex Felix Majeme, the Nakasongola Chief Administrative Officer to interdict the District Engineer Bob Masembe for executing shoddy works.

Kigula accused Masembe of installing substandard culverts and using inadequate trips of marram making the roads impassable during the rainy season. On August 19th, 2021, Majeme petitioned the Works and Transport Ministry to test the quality of the culverts before he acts.  

Now in his September 14, 2021 response to the CAO on behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Transport, Engineer T. Mugenyi says that results from tests conducted on the culverts submitted by the district indicate that they meet the specifications of class light pipes for the roads.  

The certificate accompanying letter shows that no cracks were found on the surface of the culverts and it had the normal size of 600millimetres. Kigula has rubbished the report, saying officers from the Chief Materials Laboratory at Kireka were supposed to visit the roads and test culverts installed rather than accepting three culverts delivered by an engineer believed to be an accomplice in the shoddy works. 

Kigula says that there were 36 culverts, the majority of which had cracks while others could easily break.  He says that the tested culverts are not representative of what is on the ground, adding that he has since resolved to petition the State House Anti-Corruption Unit to investigate the district engineer. 

Kigula says that he will interest the investigators to dig up culverts installed along Kyamuyingo-Irimba, Mulonzi-Nabutaka, Nakasongola-Nabiswera and Kafu-Mulonzi among others to justify his complaints that they were substandard.

Majeme says that he doesn’t regret not interdicting the engineer because if he had rushed, it would have been bad and unfair to the engineer. He says that the report has exonerated the engineer since the allegations were found baseless. Majeme has since moved to Lamwo district and has been replaced by Charles Ouma.  

The transfer is believed to have been partly due to the escalation of wrangles between the CAO and LC V Chairman over shoddy works in the district among other administrative disputes.

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