Authorities in Kabale district on Monday halted the construction of Buramba Health Centre III in Rubaya Sub County over poor quality construction materials and failure by the contractor to pay its workers.
The decision to halt the construction works was reached during the site visit by district authorities led by the Kabale District Chairperson Patrick Besigye Keihwa and the Kabale Chief Administrative Officer, Edmond Ntimba.
The visit follows complaints from members of the Health Centre management committee, local leaders and members of district health committee who accused the contractor of using blocks and sand that are wanting.
Sigma Technical Services was contracted to construct the building that will comprise the Outpatient department and the maternity ward, the toile and the staff house at a tune of ugx 650 million
The contractor started the construction works on 26th January 2020 and is expected to have completed by 21st July this year.
During the visit, the authorities found that the contractor was using construction materials such as sand and blocks that are of a poor quality.
They also found that the site engineer is never regular at the site and workers were also protesting nonpayment of their wages.
Keihwa said that they halted the construction works for seven days and ordered the director of Sigma Technical Services Paddy Mwesigwa to look for another company that will supply good quality construction materials, employ a new site engineer who will cooperate with the members of Health Centre management committee and pay the workers.
‘We have taken some of the blocks and sands that the locals and local leaders are complaining about to Mbarara for testing so that they can see whether the materials were of good quality’ Keihwa said.
‘We will not let taxpayer’s money be swindled, we want quality works on our health facility so that the locals can benefit from it’ Keihwa added.
The Kabale district Chief Administrative officer Edmond Ntimba expressed frustration over the slow pace of the works, which commenced in January this year. The team was shocked to find that only about 40 percent of the works have been completed for the project that will end in July.
On his part, the director of Sigma Technical Services Paddy Mwesigwa apologized on the behalf of the company and promised to follow the officials’ instructions.