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State House Health Monitoring Unit Uncovers Rot in Pader

Dr. Atwine accuses Lubanga of issuing certificates of completion for two incomplete drainable latrines at Angagura and Puranga Health Center IIIs in Angagura and Puranga sub counties respectively.
Dr. Diana Atwine, the Director State House Health Monitoring Unit.
Benedict Lubanga, the Pader District Engineer is on the spot over allegations of certifying incomplete and shoddy works. It follows an impromptu inspection of some health facilities in the district carried out by the Dr. Diana Atwine, the Director State House Health Monitoring Unit.

 

 

Dr. Atwine accuses Lubanga of issuing certificates of completion for two incomplete drainable latrines at Angagura and Puranga Health Center IIIs in Angagura and Puranga sub counties respectively. According to Dr. Atwine, by certifying the incomplete works the Engineer has exposed the treasury to potential financial loss. 

She says there is no value for money as most of the work is shoddy. Both latrines are valued at Shillings 90 million. She explains that the large open pit dug near the latrine in Angagura Health Center III makes it vulnerable to flush floods and water logging even before it is commissioned for use.

 

 

Dr. Atwine suspects that the Engineer could have connived with Temgumi Company Limited to swindle public funds and cover it up with a certificate of completion of work. The State House Monitoring Unit also established that Temgumi Company Limited was contracted to undertake construction in at least five out of the 11 health facilities they visited. 

The team also found that the construction of the maternity block at Puranga Health center III stalled three years ago and the incomplete building is home to marauding goats from the neighborhoods. According to Dr. Atwine, financial fraud is at tipping point in Pader district. She says the District Health Office has failed to account for more than 231 Million Uganda Shillings for health service delivery.

Engineer Benedict Lubanga admits saying his subordinates are to blame for the shoddy works as he never visits some of the site personally. When contacted for comment Dr. Alex Layoo, the Pader District Medical Officer told Uganda Radio network that the missing funds accumulated between 2011 and 2014 before he was deployed there.

 

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