By Alex Byakatonda

KABALE: The Kabale District Executive Committee-DEC, has okayed the start of the procurement process for the contractor to undertake the reconstruction of Maziba Primary school in Maziba Sub county of Kabale district.

Maziba Primary school was destroyed by landslides and a hailstorm characterized by strong winds in 2020. However, the district last week, secured a total of 500 million shillings for its reconstruction.

Now, the decision to allow for the immediate procurement of the contractor was reaxced on Tuesday, during the District Executive committee meeting that was held in the district boardroom, chaired by the District LC5 Chairperson, Nelson Nshangabasheija.

The Kabale District Senior Procurement officer, Mercy Atuheire, said that recently, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, ordered that the ministry of Defence and Veteran affairs, starts to use the Army
construction/Engineering Brigade, to undertake the construction works in government installations by, among others, the Force account mechanism, as provided for under the PPDA (Force Account Mechanism), Regulations 2014.

She, however, said that in his letter dated 1st November 2021, to the Ministry of Education and Sports, the President again directed that his earlier directive does not apply to Primary schools, since the Army’s Engineering Brigade would be overstretched.

The Kabale Chief Administrative officer, Edmond Ntimba, said that the issue of Maziba Primary school needs urgent and quick attention.

The Kabale District LC5 Chairperson Nelson Nshangabasheija, noted that waiting for the Army Engineering brigade and other procurement processes, could delay the reconstruction of the school, yet the learners are studying in improvised dilapidated structures.

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