Services Stall as District Contracts Commitees Remain Non-Operational

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In short
Patrick Mwesige, the LC3 Chairperson Bubugwanga Sub County in Bundibugyo district, says the road network in the area has greatly been affected by rains. He says as a result, truck drivers have hiked the cost of transporting cocoa, which is now affecting the growers.

Contracts committees in Ntoroko and Bundibugyo district have come under fire from district leaders and residents for incompetence. It follows the failure by the committees to award various contracts, which has stalled service delivery.

In the 2016/17 financial year, both districts set out to rehabilitate feeder roads, health facilities, construct water sources and classrooms. However, the poor performance of the contract committees has made it difficult for the district to contract firms to execute the works.
 
Patrick Mwesige, the LC3 Chairperson Bubugwanga Sub County in Bundibugyo district, says the road network in the area has greatly been affected by rains.  He says as a result, truck drivers have hiked the cost of transporting cocoa, which is now affecting the growers.

He says despite meeting the chairperson of the contracts committee several times nothing has happened.

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Charles Mugisa, the LCIII Chairperson of Itoojo Sub-county in Ntoroko District wants the contracts committee disbanded. Mugisa says that the sub county lacks adequate water, forcing residents to consume water from unprotected sources such as swamps and crater lakes. 
  
He says that if the funds are not put to use, they could be embezzled or returned to the central government.
 
George Kaguta, a resident of Karugutu Town Council says wants the district leadership to explain why the committees are not performing their duties. He explains that most of the roads in his area have become impassable.

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Leonard Katuramu, the chairperson of Bundibugyo contracts committee says although the members were sworn in two months ago,  they are yet to be inducted on their responsibilities.
In Ntoroko, Charles Mugisha, the deputy Chief Administrative Officer says that the committee was suspended after receiving information from a whistle blower about the conduct of the members. 

He explains that they are investigating queries on abuse of procurement guidelines and causing financial loss by some members of the committee.

 

About the author

Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.