UGANDA, Kabarole | Real Muloodi News | Authorities in Kabarole District have taken action against a contractor for shoddy work, ordering the demolition of a staff house at Nyabuswa Health Centre III in Mugusu Sub-county due to poor construction quality.
The construction of the staff house, with a budget of USh170 million, failed to meet the expectations of local leaders.
Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Festus Bandeeba and Kabarole District Chairperson Richard Rwabuhinga, after inspecting the site, expressed dissatisfaction with the work.
Consequently, they decided that the contractor should demolish the entire structure to ground level and resume construction at their own expense.
Following the report from the district chairperson and his executive, the district council approved a resolution on Friday to demolish the building.
The contractor, DOXA Construction Company, was awarded the contract in February to construct the staff house ahead of the health centre’s elevation to health centre III status.
However, the contractor has failed to comply with the directive to demolish or continue construction.
The district chairperson highlighted the shoddy work done and the poor quality of construction materials, particularly the use of substandard blocks from ground level up to the ring beam level.
He expressed concerns that allowing the contractor to proceed with the construction would result in the building collapsing before completion. Fortunately, the contractor has not received any payment for the project.
The staff house in question has two self-contained rooms and it can accommodate two staff.
Mr Bandeeba pointed out that some sections of the building’s walls are on the verge of collapsing even before the roofing stage.
The Mugusu Sub-county chairperson, Mr Vincent Kusemererwa, emphasised that the contractor did not engage in site commissioning, and the local leadership was not provided with a bill of quantities for effective monitoring.
The lack of transparency and substandard materials raised further doubts about the contractor’s work.
The district engineer, Mr Steven Wakatama, confirmed that the contractor would begin demolishing the entire building the following week.
“It’s true the work is shoddy and he will start demolishing it,” Mr Wakatama acknowledged.
The decision was made in response to the poor quality of workmanship.
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