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UGX 500 Million Lost In Shoddy Works As Leaders Abandon Supervision

Richard Mugara, a resident of Nombe village in Karugutu Sub County says that for two years when the Bridge was being constructed, no district official or local leader supervised it.

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More than 500 million shillings was lost in the 2012/2013 financial year in Ntoroko due to shoddy works, a report by the district Public Accounts Committee has disclosed. This is blamed on lack of supervision and monitoring projects there by the relevant officials. Contractors complete the projects without any supervision, giving room to do substandard work.  

Those charged with the supervisory and monitoring the projects include engineers and district councilors. However, some of the projects collapse two months after completion and commissioning by the district authorities. Last week, the Nombe-Karugutu Bridge collapsed, three months after it was constructed.

Richard Mugara, a resident of Nombe village in Karugutu Sub County says that for two years when the Bridge was being constructed, no district official or local leader supervised it. Mugara says that the collapse of the bridge has affected traders who transport their products to the major market in Karugutu trading centre.

According to Mugara, some residents formed a group to supervise the construction of the bridge, but they were turned away by the contractors.

 

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In Itoojo sub county, Urban Construction Company was paid 150 million shillings for sinking seven boreholes. However they broke down four months after completion. David Kabagambe, the Ntoroko District works committee chairperson says the failure to supervise construction is caused by delayed release of funds for supervision.

 

Kabagambe also says that the committee is overwhelmed with many responsibilities. Allan Ashaba, the Ntoroko Chief Administrative Officer accuses the technical staff of abandoning their responsibilities. Ashaba says that the councilors are also supposed to monitor construction works in their areas and report any substandard works.

 

He however says that the district has set up stiff measures to address the issue of shoddy work. Some of the measures include not commissioning the structures until they have been approved by the district engineer and the district executive committee. Last month, the district council passed a resolution to blacklist contractors linked to shoddy work. 

However some councilors rejected the resolution arguing that before the contractors are blacklisted, they should first appear before the works committee, as the rules of procedures state.

 

 

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