The Premier on Tuesday rejected an assortment of relief items meant for flood victims in Kasese district due to poor quality. The items included 1,000 mosquito nets, 100 floor mops presented as blankets, 100 mats, 20,000 kilograms of beans, 40,000 kilograms of maize flour, 2,000 kilograms of sugar, 1,35o jerricans, 2,000 tarpaulin, 1,000 basins and 100 cartons of laundry soap.
Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja has directed
further investigations into the procurement of relief items for flood victims
in Kasese district that she recently rejected.
Nabbanja made the revelation to journalists at
parliament shortly after attending the Bunyoro Parliamentary Caucus on Friday.
The Premier on Tuesday rejected an assortment of
relief items meant for flood victims in Kasese district due to poor quality.
The items included 1,000 mosquito nets, 100 floor mops presented as blankets, 100 mats, 20,000
kilograms of beans, 40,000 kilograms of maize flour, 2,000 kilograms of sugar,
1,35o jerricans, 2,000 tarpaulin, 1,000 basins and 100 cartons of laundry soap.
Shortly after arriving in the district, Nabbanja stopped the distribution of mosquito nets and blankets, saying that Kasese district was
not a dumping ground for sub-standard items. She demanded that these be immediately sent back to Kampala and the supplier provides better items.
She however accepted the other food items after criticizing
her team. Nabbanja was in Kasese district to assess the situation and devise a
response plan together with the Minister of State for Relief, Disaster
Preparedness and Refugees and the Minister of State for ICT and National
Guidance, Godfrey Kabyanga.
Now asked by journalists what her office has done in
regard to the substandard items, Nabbanja said that on return from Kasese, she
wrote to the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister –OPM seeking
a report on the contractors and the officer responsible for the items purchased
and the budget.
“They gave me a report yesterday and I was not
satisfied and I asked for further investigations into the matter," Nabbanja said without divulging further information. "I have
involved the Inspectorate of Government- IG, Police and the State House
Anti-Corruption Unit. As a leader if you are not satisfied, you have avenues
you can use to investigate.”
She says that her office gave the three
investigative arms of government three days to report back.
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Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said that some
unidentified people had started threatening her through her relatives. She said
that a lady recently approached her brother, a town clerk in Kakumiro in regard
to the manner she is handling business.
Nabbanja says that she has not taken this alleged
visit lightly and that she is scheduled to report the matter to President
The new Premier insists that all she seeks is
quality service for the people, transparency and services commensurate to funds
provided by government.
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Nabbanja was on 15th June approved by Parliament
as new Prime Minister following her appointment by President Yoweri Museveni. After her approval, she committed to ensure timely service delivery and
implementation of government programs.