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Contractor faces backlash over shs3.3bn stalled Seed School project

Kiryandongo, (UG): Kiryandongo District leaders have vowed to decline CMD Investments Limited a company which was contracted to construct the 3.36 billion Kigumba Seed Secondary School on future projects.

The leaders cite inconsistency and failure to adhere to the contract terms evidenced during the construction of both Kitwara and Kigumba seed secondary schools by the same contractor.

The leaders made the vow during the site meeting held on January 18, 2024, at Kiryandongo District headquarters to discuss the fate of the stalled Kigumba Seed Secondary School.

The construction of the 3.36 billion school was launched in May 2023 and is expected to be completed by September 2024. However, ever since the launch, the project has been stalled at the foundation level which is worrying the leaders.

Kiryandongo District leaders during a meeting with the Director of CMD Investments Limited at the District Headquarters

Ms Edith Aliguma Adyeri, the Kiryandongo District chairperson expressed her concern over the delayed completion of the school which will affect the planned opening for term one in 2025.

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She asked the contractor to cooperate since the District was ready to accord him all the necessary support to ensure the school is complete by the end of September 2024.

Ms Aliguma further expressed her disappointment in the contractor who she said was imposed on the District by the Ministry and asked the contractor to declare If he cannot deliver the school so that the District can find an alternative contractor.

“If you cannot deliver this work, please declare today and we find alternative means of delivering the construction works. This is the second project you are working on in the District and you have given us a hard time,” said Ms Aliguma, adding; “The next time you are imposed on us by the Ministry, we shall decline the project because we are the end users, not the Ministry.”

Mr Reuben Maanigamukama the town clerk of Kigumba urged the contractor to redeploy adequate manpower to catch up with the less time remaining to complete the project.

“I came here expecting to hear termination of the contract because of the delays caused by the contractor. However, from the discussions, I don’t see signs of terminating the contract today. I urge the contractor to redeploy heavily and we feel his presence on site,” he said.

Moses Ssebyala the Director CMD Investments wholesomely took responsibility and apologized for the delay in the completion of construction works at Kigumba Seed Secondary School. 

He, however, refuted allegations of bribing some District staff which he said was baseless and needed to be disregarded. Ssebyala added that the delays have been caused by financial constraints which originated from delayed payment for their works at one of the government agencies. 

Ssebyala also informed the leaders that as a way of recovering from the financial constraints, CMD Investments Limited has engaged HCH Financial Services Limited which will advance the company money to the tune of 550 million to expedite the works. Ssebyala pledged to deploy adequate workers and treat each classroom as an independent unit which will enable the company to complete works in the next four months.

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Kigumba Seed School is the second school to be constructed in Kiryandongo under the Uganda Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers Program and is expected to serve a population of over 1000 students from Kigumba town council and the neighbouring villages of Jeeja, Nyama and Kinyara Kigumba sub-county.

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