Contractor Abandons Rubanda Council Hall Works

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The company was tasked to paint the council hall, replace the roof with new iron sheets, replace the ceiling and install furniture and utility cables at a cost of 79 million Shillings. It was estimated that the works, started in November 2016 would be complete before the end of May 2017.

Geses Uganda Limited, a construction company contracted to renovate Rubanda District Council hall in Rubanda district has abandoned the job causing uproar in the district leadership.

The company was tasked to paint the council hall, replace the roof with new iron sheets, replace the ceiling and install furniture and utility cables at a cost of 79 million Shillings. It was estimated that the works, started in November 2016 would be complete before the end of May 2017.

However, the contractor only installed electric cables and part of the ceiling before abandoning the job. The company's workmen appeared on the site for only one week in February. Despite this, it has since emerged that the contractor was paid a sum of 49 million Shillings in the month of March.

Area leaders are accusing Edith Turyasasirwa, the Rubanda District Chief Administrative Officer for secretly releasing partial payment to the contractor without the consent of the District Executive Committee.

Pastori Twinomuhangi, the Councilor representing Muko Sub County says the payment is in contravention of the terms of the contract which indicated that the contractor be paid upon completion of the work and with approved by District Executive Committee.

The contract also indicates that in case work is not convincing, the contractor should not be paid until he repeats it.

Twinomuhangi says that there is no justification for the payment because the work is on standstill and the current general outlook of the council hall is 'very bad'. He further questions why Turyasasirwa secretly paid the contractor without consulting the district leaders.
 
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Chris Ngabirano, the Councilor representing Ruhija Sub County calls for a probe into the conduct of the Chief Administrative Officer and factors that facilitated the payment. Ngabirano want the council not to approve the second payment to the contractor until the work is done.

Kenneth Jogo Biryabarema, the Rubanda District Chairperson says that the decision by Turyasasirwa to pay the contractor without consent by District Executive Committee as earlier proposed by the committee members is extreme.

Biryabarema also says that the contractor and the Chief Administrative officer had declined to attend site meetings to discuss the progress of the project before the work stalled. He says that the current status of the council hall shows no value for money. He also demands an explanation to why she secretly paid the contractor.

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But Turyasasirwa dismisses the accusations against her saying that the District Executive Committee was informed before the money was released. Peter Nkurunungi, the Director of Geses Uganda Limited says that the company halted the work because it was still procuring materials.

 

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

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