In his September 14, 2021 response to the CAO on behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Transport, Engineer T. Mugenyi says that results from tests conducted on the culverts submitted by the district indicate that they meet the specifications of class light pipes for the roads.
Nakasongola Chairman Samuel Kigula displaying pieces of culvert that broke down before installation
LC V Chairperson, Samuel
Kigula has rejected a report by the Ministry of Works and Transport okaying the culverts used to construct roads in the area. In
August this year, Kigula asked Alex
Felix Majeme, the
Nakasongola Chief Administrative Officer to interdict the District Engineer
Bob Masembe for
executing shoddy works.
Kigula accused Masembe of installing substandard
culverts and using inadequate trips of marram making the roads impassable
during the rainy season. On August
19th, 2021, Majeme petitioned the Works and Transport Ministry to test the quality of the culverts before he acts.
Now in his September 14,
2021 response to the CAO on behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works
and Transport, Engineer
T. Mugenyi says that
results from tests conducted on the culverts
submitted by the district indicate that they meet the specifications of class light pipes
for the roads.
The certificate accompanying letter shows that
no cracks were found on the surface of the culverts and it
had the normal size of 600millimetres. Kigula has rubbished the report, saying officers from the Chief Materials Laboratory at Kireka were
supposed to visit the roads and test culverts installed rather than accepting
three culverts delivered by an engineer believed to be an accomplice in
the shoddy works.
says that there were 36 culverts,
the majority of which had
cracks while others
could easily break.
He says that the tested
culverts are not representative of what is on the ground, adding that he has since resolved to
petition the State House Anti-Corruption Unit to investigate the district
says that he will interest the investigators to dig up culverts installed along Kyamuyingo-Irimba, Mulonzi-Nabutaka,
Nakasongola-Nabiswera and Kafu-Mulonzi among others to justify his complaints
that they were
Majeme says that he doesn’t regret not interdicting the
engineer because if he had
rushed, it would have been bad
and unfair to the engineer. He says
that the report has exonerated the engineer since the allegations
were found baseless. Majeme has since moved to Lamwo
district and has been replaced
by Charles Ouma.
The transfer is believed to have been partly
due to the escalation of wrangles
between the CAO and LC V Chairman over shoddy works in the district
among other administrative disputes.