Busia RDC halts commissioning UGX 150M maternity ward, arrests contractor over shoddy work

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Mathew Tusubira, the Busia Deputy Resident District Commissioner has halted the commissioning of a newly built maternity ward Sikuda health center III and arrested the contractor for executing a shoddy job.

Tusubira ordered the arrest of Nathan Mukama, the Director Spot Contractors Uganda LTD on Wednesday when district officials met to commission the maternity ward built in the 2018/2019 financial year just after the facility was elevated to health center III.

The Shillings 150million maternity ward financed by Busia district local government using Primary Health Care-PHC funds was completed in 2019. Tusubira was enraged with the quality of work, saying there was no value for money.

He cited the cracks on the floor, poor paint and nonfunctional solar and water systems.  He ordered the Officer in Charge of Sikuda police station to apprehend Mukama, saying that he was to accounts for the monies spent on the project.  

Mukama pleaded with the district officials to give him a week to fix the defects in vain.

The RDC also stopped the commissioning of the Shillings 60million two classroom block at Habuleke P/S in Busitema Sub-county citing shoddy work. The block has developed cracks on the floor, has poor paint while some of the windows shutters are not fully installed. 

The Shillings 17 million five stanza pit latrine at Buteba health Center III also had broken door shutters. Rashid Sideebe, Sylvia Nabwire and Fred Bwire also residents of Sikuda said that they shocked to see district officials converging to commission the substandard maternity ward. The trio said that they were not ready to access maternal health services in a building with cracks.

Steven Okodoi, the Sikuda sub-county LC3 chairperson blamed the failure by the contractor to execute a commendable job to bureaucracy among some district officials, which he says need to be investigated.  

Betty Ajambo, the Deputy Speaker Busia district who also doubles and the councillor of Busitema and Sikuda sub-counties, says the contractor should be blacklisted because most of his projects are substandard.

Geoffrey Wandera, the Busia district LC V chairperson says that the district engineer should also be investigated for clearing the substandard works for commissioning.  

Sylvester Egesa, the Busia district engineer attributed the defects on the building to delayed commissioning, which needs to be done to allow the contractor to fix the defects within the defects liability period.  

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