MARACHA. The leaders of Maracha district have given two weeks ultimatum to the contractor building shs1.9bn Kololo public seed secondary school in Tara sub-county to fully resume work, lest they take action.
Mr Christopher Okumu, the Maracha chief administrative officer (CAO) directed that within the two weeks, all aspects of shoddy works should also be addressed.
“We want to see equipment, materials and man power mobilized within the two weeks and the company should facilitate the clerk to give technical backup at the site, welfare and safety of workers should be addressed urgently. Monthly site meetings to review progress and all aspects of shoddy work must also be addressed,” Okumu said.
The resolution was passed following a declaration by officials from the World Bank who recently monitored the work at the site and threatened to cancel the project if not completed after expiry of its contract period.
According to Mr William Oneti, the district engineer assigned to supervise the project, only 25% of the total work is complete.
The contract worth shs1, 924, 805, 491 whose expiry period will be on 29th April 2020 was awarded to Achoru united traders.
Ms Flavia Osoa, the Maracha district education officer said the contractor begun delaying the project right from the start and no stakeholder is happy with the progress including officials from the ministry of education and sports.
“The changes the engineer wants him to make are not done, when I entered here I saw the floor and I am really very sorry. This is shoddy work; we are not happy at all. We are left with two months but nothing tangible has been done yet we have the money,” Osoa wondered.
But Mr Zubairi Ikule, one of directors of Achoru united traders clarified that they were delayed by high demand for wages from casual laborers and a misunderstanding with Uganda revenue authority (URA) over tax.
“We stopped the project until the community expectation for higher wages was resolved by the CAO’s office, URA also blocked our account over taxes which we have resolved now. We had not taken your recommendations because we were mobilizing resources but next week, we will be full in action,” Mr Ikule assured.
However, Ms Esther Soet, the Maracha resident district commissioner (RDC) has threatened to write to the ministry if the contractor fails to comply to the directives given.
So far, the construction of the three units of two classroom blocks has reached roofing level and the contractor is supposed to re-screed the first block.
One-unit science laboratory structure is set and excavation not done, structure of administration block is set, excavation done but materials are not yet at the site.
Three units of teachers’ houses are all set and excavation done, no materials, one unit of two stance VIP latrine for administration block is not set while the construction of ICT library excavation has been done.