The government contracted Zeep Construction Uganda Limited, to construct the school within three years at a cost of 2.55 billion Shillings. However, the contractor has failed to complete the work in the last three financial years and the funds have been returned twice to the consolidated fund.
The company which was contracted to construct Amida Seed Secondary School has yet again failed to
beat the deadline that was set for the completion of the task.
The government contracted Zeep Construction Uganda
Limited, to construct the school within three years at a cost of 2.55 billion Shillings. However, the
contractor has failed to complete the work in the last three financial years and the funds have been returned twice to the consolidated fund.
On April 22, 2022, a team from the district held an emergency
meeting with the contractor at the school and ordered him to ensure that work
is completed before the second school term reopens. The inspection team identified faults such as walls and floor
cracks, leaking ceiling, faulty window and door shutters, and poor drainage
among others, which they asked the contractor to rectify by the end of June
when the financial 2021/2022 year ends.
However, Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech said that the
contractor failed to correct all the faults identified earlier, including
working on the football pitch and the compound.
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Komakech said that the money for finishing construction has
been taken back again to the consolidated fund. According to Komakech, the contractor could have completed the
task by now but has been using the money for the school to run other contracts.
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Kitgum District Chairperson Christopher Obol Arwai noted
that the contractor caused a lot of pain and embarrassment to the district
leaders because the work was shoddy and other materials for finishing
Arwai said that the failure by the contractor to complete the work in
time has left the learners in discomfort, as they continue to study in a
provisional space, yet they should have been using their own facility by now.
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Arwai said they hope to recover the money and ensure that
they prioritize the completion of the school as soon as possible.
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Claire Acen Olal, an
administrator at Zeep Construction Uganda Limited, the company given the
contract to work on the school declined to give detailed information about the
delay in completing the school on phone.
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Amida Seed Secondary School is found in Manwoko South in
the Kitgum district. It is among the 127 Seed Secondary Schools the government
promised to build in sub-counties across the country with funding from the