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Nakasongola LCV Chairman Raises Red Flag Over Shoddy Road Works

Alex Felix Majeme the Nakasongola District Chief Administrative officer says that he has already taken up the complaints and tasked the district engineer to defend the department over the alleged shoddy works.
The LCV Chairman of Nakasongola district has accused the Road and Engineering department of executing shoddy works.

According to the Nakasongola District Performance report, the Roads and Engineering department has so far received 693 Million Shillings out of 1.4 Billion Shillings expected in the financial year 2020/21.

The progressive report indicates that at least 14 roads have been worked on in both manual and routine maintenance whereas works on 10 roads were ongoing. The report further indicates that works on four roads will commence in the fourth quarter.

But Sam Kigula the LCV Chairperson says that the report is mis-representative and accuses the department of executing shoddy works.

Kigula says that works on at least nine roads that have been done and others where works on-going are shoddy.

Kigula cited Kaleire-Kalongo road estimated to be 17.4 kilometres and Namukanga-Nabutaka road estimated to be 12.4 kilometres where alleged shoddy works have been executed.

Kigula explains that in the roads, the district roads and engineering department was supposed to do spot improvement, install culverts and murram. 

However, Kigula says that during his monitoring at Kaleire-Kalongo he found the district staff had erected fewer culverts and others broken before installing them.

Kigula added that on other roads, he found out technical staff had to deliver fewer trips of murram which may affect the performance of roads, especially in the rainy season since the roads pass through swampy areas.

Kigula says that he has appealed to Chief Administrative Officer asking him to compel the staff to redo the roads.

Kigula has also uploaded videos on his Facebook page from his road inspections which display shoddy culverts breaking into pieces at Kaleire-Kalongo road stirring uproar on alleged mismanagement of government funds.

“Am not witch-hunting you Nakasongola district staff, am against bad work and this must not continue?” Kigula said after uploading the video.

Alex Felix Majeme the Nakasongola District Chief Administrative officer says that he has already taken up the complaints and tasked the district engineer to defend the department over the alleged shoddy works.

Majeme says that in his defence, the engineer said the culverts were delivered to the site before they hardened and that some could have damaged on transit.

However, Majeme says that he is still investigating the matter to establish whether the right amount of quantities of materials were used to make the culverts before they were procured.

Majeme added that other complaints were discussed in District Roads Committee Chaired by Public Service Minister Muruli Mukasa and recommendations were made to avoid a repeat of the mistakes.

The Public Service Minister Muruuli Mukasa and Nakasongola County MP Noah Mutebi who is also a member of the committee were unavailable on phone to comment on the matter. 

Nakasongola comprises a road network of 2689.43 kilometres of trunk, feeder and community roads.

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