Hospital Adminstrator, Contractor Held Over Shoddy Work

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John Watenyeli Nabende, the Pallisa Resident District Commissioner, says he ordered the arrest of all those involved in the shoddy work to get to the bottom of the matter. I am disappointed in the manner engineers have abused their work by accepting bribes to approve payment of shoddy works, he said.

Two people are in trouble over the collapse of the Pallisa hospital main gate that is still under construction.  The suspects are Ndumulodi Mwanika, the Director Mwanika and sons and Hospital Administrator, Twaha Zabona. The duo was picked up on Wednesday on the orders of John Watenyeli Nabende, the Pallisa Resident District Commissioner.

 
The works on the gate were being executed by Mwanika and sons to the tune of Shillings 28million as part of the ongoing renovation works at the hospital. Thomas Aleper, the Officer in Charge of Pallisa Central Station, says the suspects have recorded statements. "We have enough evidence as we have recovered some of the debris as exhibit to be tendered in court", he noted.
 
 
However, Zabona says he doesn't know why he was picked up because he is only an administrator and has nothing to do with technical works. "I wonder when pit latrines collapse in schools why head teachers are not arrested. There should be other intentions behind my arrest because I don't award contracts, l am not a contractor neither am I an engineer to bear the blame," Zabona angrily said.
 
 
John Watenyeli Nabende, the Pallisa Resident District Commissioner, says he ordered the arrest of all those involved in the shoddy work to get to the bottom of the matter. "I am disappointed in the manner engineers have abused their work by accepting bribes to approve payment of shoddy works," he said.
 

Dr. Geoffrey Mulekwa, the Pallisa District Health Officer, says the contractor has so far used 30 percent of the Shillings 28 million awarded for the works. Mulekwa says they have temporarily suspended the services and payment of the contractor until he rebuilds the gate.
 
Bosco Obete, the Chairperson Pallisa Hospital Management Committee, expressed disappointment over the entire rehabilitation works at the hospital. "Monitoring of work in Pallisa hospital doesn't need expertise in engineering to see the substandard work," he said.
 
 
Michael Ongwara, the acting Engineer Pallisa district, says he instructed the contractor to strictly follow the bills of quantities but he seems to have deviated. Ongwara said he is going to communicate to the Chief Administrative Officer, Issa Mbooge and Procurement Unit to blacklist the contractor.
 
 
But in his statement, Mwanika describes the collapse of the gate as unfortunate, saying he is known for doing excellent work. "I have various certificates of recognition for the completion of good work at a number of sites.  But some unscrupulous people are taking advantage of the disaster to destroy my reputation", he noted.

 

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