Lack of supervision of government projects by district officials in Kabalore has resulted into shoddy work. District officials are mandated to carry out routine supervision of government projects but this is not the case in Kabalore.
Lack of supervision of government projects by district officials in Kabalore has resulted into shoddy work. District officials are mandated to carry out routine supervision of government projects but this is not the case in Kabalore. Contractors complete the projects without any supervision by district officials, giving room to the contractors to do substandard work.
In a survey that was carried out by Rwenzori anti corruption coalition and the Kabarole district public accounts committee, 70% of the work done by contractors in Kabarole is shoddy. Several roads, bridges, classroom blocks, markets, water sources and latrines have collapsed one or two months after construction.
Last week, two bridges collapsed in Mugusu Sub County two after the contractor Bagezi Construction Company handed them over to the district. Residents are now accusing the district leadership of failing to supervise the construction of the bridge. Monica Rwakyaka, a resident of Kiyombya village says that for two years when the construction started and until the completion, no district official was seen supervising the project.
Rwakyaka says that the contractors were using little amounts of cement mixed with some sand to construct the bridge and when they complained to the sub county chief, they were ignored. Geoffrey Kaija, a farmer says that when residents mobilized to supervise the construction work of Mugusu- Kiyombya road, they were told by the contractors not to interfere in their work.
Clovis Muhumuza, the sub county chief Kasenda Sub County says that they have not received any support from the district to supervise the works. He says that he fears to supervise the construction works because he will be turned away by the contractors. Muhumuza says that whenever he informs the district officials to supervise the works, he is told that the there are no resources to transport the officials to areas where construction is being carried out.
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Juma Nyende, the Chief Administrative Officer Kabarole admits that there has not been supervision of construction works by district officials. Nyende blames it on the lack of logistics like fuel. He however says that stiff measures have been set up to combat the issue of shoddy work.
Nyende says that LC3 chairpersons and sub county chiefs will supervise construction works after every three months, with the district engineer and opinion leaders selected by the residents. He also says that in areas where the works will be carried out, the contractors should first report to the Sub County chief and LC3 chairpersons before any works start.