Crime

KIKUUBE LEADERS IN TROUBLE OVER OPERATION OF UNCOMPLETED SEED SCHOOL

By Flavia Ajok

KIKUUBE: Kikuube district leaders are in trouble for allegedly okaying the operationalization of Nyairongo seed secondary school before completion of its construction.

In 2019, the government through the Ministry of Education and Sports with funding from the World Bank contracted Kwik Build Contractors & Engineering Ltd to construct Nyairongo Seed Secondary school in Kabwoya sub-county, Kikuube district at a cost 1.8 billion shillings.

However, the contractor led by Patrick Isagara abandoned the work after Kikuube district local government paid him 95% of the total cost of the project funding.

This mess left some district officials who include Deogratius Byakagaba the district Education officer and Emmy Arinaitwe the District Engineer arrested and they are currently on police bond.

Speaking to ugreports, Amlan Tumusiime, the Kikuube Resident District Commissioner said that it was shocking that the district officials went ahead and allowed the school management to start using the structures before commissioning.

He noted that it was wrong for the district officials to okay the occupancy of the structures before the contractor handed over the school to the government.

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Tumusiime noted that the contractor has not yet fixed windows, doors and the compound and the playground among other things have not been done.

He questioned the interest of the district officials to allow the school to start operating before its completion and commissioning.

The presidential representative asserted that the state house anti-corruption has picked interest in the matter and they have started investigating to bring those who mismanaged the project to book.

Tumusiime also expressed concern that the school management has turned the school which is supposed to be a day school into a boarding school.

When reached for a comment, the Kikuube district boss Peter Banura referred our reporter to the district Chief Administrative officer Andrew Milton who said that he was not in office by the time of filing this story.

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