February 27, 2024

Contractor Abandons a Multi-Billion Government Project, RDC Calls for Gov’t Intervention

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Stalled construction site at Kitegwa Community Seed Secondary School

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KAGADI

The contractor undertaking the construction of 2 seed secondary schools in Kagadi district has abandoned the site and left the multi-billion project hanging in balance.

This was discovered when the Resident District Commissioner Kagadi made an impromptu visit to one site at Kitegwa Community Seed Secondary school and found it when the contractor left 2 months ago.

In November 2022, Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports and Uganda Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers (UgIFT) Program commenced construction of two seed secondary schools in Kagadi District to enhance quality secondary education in Uganda.

The two seed secondary schools are Kitegwa Community Seed Secondary in Ruteete Town Council Buyaga West and King Solomon Seed Secondary school in Kagadi Sub County Buyaga East County all valued to cost shs3 billion each.

The project estimated to take a period of 1 year and 8 months, is being undertaken by Bana Enterprises Limited at a cost of shs6 billion from the government of Uganda.

However, both sites were abandoned two months ago with work standing at approximately 80%.

Mukiza Ruvende, the Kitegwa Seed Community Secondary School says the contractor left with all his equipment and workers yet time set in the contract agreement is running fast.

Mukiza said that they are worried that they may miss the upcoming government opportunity of considering the school as a full-fledged government institution due to the delays being caused by the contractor.

This is one site at Kitegwa Community Seed Secondary School which was abandoned 2 months ago

Mukiza further said that the school that is a presidential pledge is a historical school and appreciated the government for considering them and said that this school will cause the desired change in raising literacy levels in the district and the region.

Lillian Ruteraho, the Kagadi Resident District Commissioner who is also the chief government monitor in the district says the work being done at the Kitegwa Community Seed Secondary School does not reflect the presidential pledge work.

“I am so disappointed that someone can decide to abandon a project from the presidential pledge. Ugandans no longer fear. This means that several other projects are dying out there and no one is caring” Lillian Ruteraho said.

Ruteraho also said that the materials being used are also not up to standard to ensure the durability of the project.

Ruteraho said the site was abandoned and that there should be value for money.

She ordered the contractor to return back to the project and ensure that work is done in a standard way.

“I want to warn the contractor that his time is almost over and we shall need to handover this project to the community for use. Therefore, the contractor should back immediately and finish the work he asked for,” Ruteraho warned.

David Balaba, on behalf of Bana Enterprises, the contractor while on phone he said the company is working on fabrication of windows and furniture and that this work is done in Kampala.

He also said the contractor has other projects and that workers were transferred to another site.

He however said that they have not abandoned the site and that in one week’s time; they will be back to work.

“I wouldn’t want to say that we abandoned the site but we are still working on furniture and some little fabrications like windows and doors. We shall be back soon and finalize with the remaining work,” Balaba told the Nettl Media News.

Both Seed secondary schools of Kitegwa and King Solomon were started by the communities in 2007 and have been managed by the parents for the past 16 years and these were contracted by the same company Bana Enterprises for construction at a cost of sh6 billion.

The launch and construction of the Seed schools in Uganda is also aimed at reducing the school drop-out rate in Uganda. 

Statistics show that out of 10.9million children at the primary school level, only about two million join higher levels of education while the rest don’t progress. 

The facilities at the new schools that are being constructed include a multipurpose hall, three units of 2 classroom blocks, an administration block, a fully equipped two-unit science block with science kits and chemical reagents, a library, an ICT block, and a three-unit teachers’ house among others.

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