District Ignores Supervision As Cases of Shoddy Works Increase

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In short
According to the Auditor General's report of the 2011/2012 finanicial year, the district lost 900 million to construction works that were poorly. Classroom blocks, bridges and boreholes have broken down only months after completion.

Lack of supervision of government projects by district officials in Ntoroko district has resulted into shoddy work. District officials are mandated to carry out routine supervision of government projects but this is not the case in Ntoroko. Contractors complete the projects without any supervision, giving room to the contractors to do substandard work. 
According to the Auditor General’s report of the 2011/2012 financial year, Ntoroko lost 900 million shillings on construction works that were poorly done. The district paid several contractors who did substandard work on roads, bridges, classroom blocks, markets, water sources and school latrines.
Last week, two bridges collapsed in Karugutu Sub County two months after the contractor Bagezi Construction Company handed them over to the district. In Nyamiseke village, Itoojo Sub County six boreholes broke down three months after they were constructed, causing water scarcity in the area. At Karugutu primary school, the contractors used clay without cement, exposing pupils to danger.
Residents are now accusing the district leadership of negligence which has affected service delivery in the district.
Beatrice Masika, a resident of Nyamiseke says that they expected the Karugutu-Rwebisengo road to improve for better than it was in the past. She says that they were told that the road was going to be upgraded but they saw a tractor digging up the road and didn’t return. She says that the road is in a worse state than it was found. She says that they petitioned the sub county leadership who promised to intervene but nothing was done.
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James Baluku, the LC V councillor for Karugutu Sub County says that they have received several complaints from residents about the road. Baluku says that they inspected the road and found there was no value for money.
Moses Kalya, a resident of Nyamiseke says five boreholes were poorly constructed and handed to the district after completion. Kalya says that the contractors were using little amounts of cement mixed with some sand to construct the borehole. He says that the district authorities accepted the water sources even when they had defects on them.
Kalya says that residents had started inspecting the construction works, but they were threatened by the contractors.
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Allan Ashaba, the Ntoroko district Chief Administrative Officer admits that there has not been supervision of construction works by district officials. Ashaba blames it on the lack of logistics like fuel.
Ashaba however says that that stiff measures have been set up to combat shoddy work. He says that sub county councillors, LC3 chairpersons and sub county chiefs will supervise construction works after every three months, with the district engineer and selected residents. Ashaba also says that in areas where there are construction works, the contractors will have to first report to the local leaders before they start.


About the author

Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.