Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony on plots 71-75 Yusuf Lule Road and Plots 24-26 Clement Hill, Kampala this morning, Rose N. Kafeero, the Permanent Secretary of the IG, said the 15 storied building will cost them Shillings 69Billion.
Construction of the
headquarters of the Inspectorate of Government-IG is finally set to begin.
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony on plots
71-75 Yusuf Lule Road and Plots 24-26 Clement Hill, Kampala this morning, Rose
N. Kafeero, the Permanent Secretary of the IG, said the 15 storied
building will cost them Shillings 69Billion.
She said the building is expected to be complete within three years.
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Plans for the construction of the IG house have
been on since 2005 when they acquired 1.2 acres of land from Post Office Uganda
at Shillings 5.4bn.
Construction work stalled following controversy
on how the land acquired. However, a couple of IG staff were investigated and cleared.
The next hurdle was to look for the money to procure a
contractor to kick start the construction works. This too didn’t escape the
controversy. Government allocated Shs 10bn in the 2015/16 financial year.
This was not enough to kick-start the project. Government has
since increased the money to Shillings 25bn. This is the available money, with
the reminder expected to come later.
The procurement of the contractor took two years with three
reviews of the process after a complaint that it was not credible. Kafeero
said she this was the most trying time for the institution but they managed to
go through it albeit late.
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On her part, the Inspector General of Government,
Justice Irene Mulyagonja, said the Inspectorate of Government has been growing
with the creation of more divisions, which requires more space.
IG has up 325 staff and pays Shs 2.5bn annually in rent.
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Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija said he was pushing for the
quick amendment of the PPDA act to ensure that unnecessary delays in
procurement are tamed.
The delays usually accrue from the fact that
some of the bidders complain or whistleblowers come out to complain about
corruption in the process.
This has dogged many government projects with lots of money
on them, including the IG building which was reviewed three times before
settling with Roko construction.
Kasaija said in six months, he would avail the remaining
money for the completion of the project. He hopes other government
agencies and departments use the IG facility, which completed to hold their
functions instead of going to hotels.