KAKUMIRO, UGANDA: Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda has directed all contractors building government hospitals to be effective in their construction work.
The prime minister urged all contractors who working on world Bank-funded projects to handle these projects with care so that they produce the work that is in line with the funds given.
Nabbanja revealed this while inspecting the construction work at Kyebando Health Center III in Kakumiro district, a facility that is being upgraded to the level of Health Center IV in the contract which is worth 1.6 billion shillings.
While addressing the journalists after the inspection, the prime minister expressed her concern over the shoddy works done by the contractor.
“The money from world Bank is a loan to the government with a target to our local people to get better health facilities, so we demand contractors the value for money and that is why I am here, these contractors are doing shoddy in a muti- million projects which is not good so am directing you to revise your work unless you will be penalized”. Nabbanja said.
The prime minister’s visit to the health facility comes after several complaints from area members of parliament that include Dr. Emily Kugonza the legislator for Buyanja East and Noeline Kisembo Basemera the Kibale district woman representative who reported to the prime minister that the ongoing construction work at Kyebando health center iii is not matching with the standards.
Geoffrey Kasanga the Kibale district chairperson has expressed his concern over the Central government’s failure to give leaders responsibility to manage and supervise such big projects saying that this has led some government projects to fail due to lack of effort from local leaders.
“There is some kind of poor service delivery in some projects controlled by the central government for instance this project is more controlled from the Centre even the consultants and contractors are from the Centre and as a district, we have no way to do monitoring”. Kasanga said.
In his response to the concerns raised the site engineer Didas Twesigye from Tecno three engineering company limited says they are going to correct all the mistakes from the completed work since they have received the directives from the Prime Minister.