BY CHRIS FRANK
KIBAALE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 2021
Kibaale district local government authorities have commissioned the newly constructed maternity block, staff quarters, and latrine stances at Matale Health Center III despite citing shoddiness in the building works.
After several postponements, the district officials finally commissioned the structures following pledges by the contractor to rectify the cited sub-standard works within one week.
The new structures are part of the development aimed at upgrading the health centre II to a health centre III status.
At the scientific function, residents led by LC3 Chairperson of Matale sub-county, Hebert Sekaja, who had come to witness the commissioning and officials from the district cited cracks in some structures, substandard cement mixtures used and poor quality of the water Tanks and windows fittings.
They attempted to block the commissioning for one more time, only to be persuaded by the district woman Councilor representing Matale and Karama sub-counties, Teddy Tumuhimbise to accept the exercise on the condition of rectifying the messes.
This prompted the contractor who superintended over the shoddy works, Isaac Mukiibi from Tradint Company limited, to pledge before the residents and the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) that he will rectify the messes within one week.
Deborah Mbabazi, the Kibaale RDC ordered the Chief Administrative Officer, Dorothy Ajwang not to release the remaining balance of the contract money to the contractor before he rectifies the shoddy works.
Normally district local governments are required to withhold 10% of the funds for a project until a certificate of compliance is issued by the district engineer at the completion of a construction project.
Meanwhile Godfrey Timbihurira, the Kibaale District Health Officer, called on the residents in Matale and the neighboring community to safeguard the commissioned structures, own them and utilize them to kick out communicable diseases in their homes.