Anjilo Opio, the area LC I chairperson says the workers approached him on Saturday, saying that they would leave the site due to nonpayment and of construction materials on the site. He says that the workers handed the keys for the store, which has a few bags of cement, iron bars, gumboots and some overalls.
The construction of Ating
HC II has stalled four months after it was commissioned. In May this year, the Ministry of Health
District launched the Shillings 1.9
billion construction works at Ating
HC II. Government handed
over the construction works to
BMK Construction Company Ltd.
The works include the
construction of a maternity and neonatal ward, placenta pit and
a stand-alone laboratory unit among other things, ahead of the planned elevation of the facility to Health
Center III. The works also included the construction of Outpatient and Inpatient departments, a
borehole, and two staff
blocks each with two units, a single
toilet stance for male and female clients and another for females only
The project also includes external works of fencing as well as
installing a solar system at the
facility. Located in Ating Parish, Ogwete sub-county in Otuke District,
Ating HC II is the only government
facility in the area. However, the work has stalled. The contractor has also abandoned the site.
Anjilo Opio, the area LC I chairperson says the workers approached him
on Saturday, saying that they would leave the site due to nonpayment and of
construction materials on the site. He says that the workers handed the keys
for the store, which has a
few bags of cement, iron bars, gumboots and some overalls.
//Cue in: “Company me BMK…
Cue out: … dakatal wa nie.”//
Eunice Atim from BMK company Ltd confirmed the
development, saying that although the workers were paid, they have
chosen to leave the site. “There was money already paid to that foreman but
I was informed that he has decided to take off and I cannot really explain much
but we are now on board,” she said.
Alfred Malinga, the Otuke Chief Administrative
Officer who acknowledged the fact that he has heard reports of the contractor
abandoning the site, said that he
needed time to establish what is happening before commenting.
“I also got a call from the people from the
site but it is not that the contractor has gone away. I think there is a challenge between the
contractor and the people they have employed so I am yet to verify the
information,’ he said.
He was, however, quick to note that the whole
construction process seems to have a big problem right from the time the site
was handed over.
project happened to be very challenging and I noticed it right from the very
beginning because I think the handover happened in May but by the time I took
over in July they had not even reported to the site.
That was already an indication that he is not a serious contractor but never less
they started work but the progress is not good.”
Janet Akello, a resident of the area blamed district officials for failing to supervise the project, saying that it seems to be a business between the district
//Cue in: “Kit acako neon…
Cue out: … olo wa oko.”//
Peter Otim, another resident is worried that the District might be forced
to return the money
back to the central government because there is a high possibility that the
project might stall for good considering the fact that the construction period
is running out.
//Cue in: “District ka gin…
Cue out: … pwod tye aryo.”//
The multi-billion construction work is expected to
last for a period of 16 months, starting May 2021.