Hoima Officials Grilled Over Poor Road Works

The Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya Road under Construction INTERNET PHOTO The Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya Road under Construction

By George Businge

The Hoima district councilor for Kiziranfumbi sub-county has blamed the district LC5 chairman Kadiri Kirungi Kazine and district Chief Administrative Officer-CAO Abdul Batambuze for the continued shoddy works in roads sector. The district roads committee on Wednesday grilled the Hoima district engineer Julius Sentamu over incompetence.

The works sector report for the last three quarters of the 2016/17 financial year indicates that over Sh600 million was released by the government under the Road Fund for maintenance of at least ten roads in the district but most of them are still in a sorry state.

However, Kazine says it’s not only Ssentmu to blame for the poor road works but also blamed the CAO and district boss for failing to supervise road works to ensure value for money. He explains that substandard works have been done on various roads but no action taken has been taken against officials in the works sector.

He also accuses the Chief Administrative Officer Abdul Batambuze for authorizing payments to various substandard road works. He noted that Sh90million was paid for the 9km Butimba- Muteme road works although works were still underway.

Attached is the photo of Hoima district Lc5 chairperson Kirungi Kadiri Kazine proposed that Kadiri and Batambuze should step down from the district works committee and a committee of inquiry instituted to investigate the poor road works.

Roads in Hoima and others districts in the Albertine region are important for the production of oil and gas. Ministry of energy officials and international oil companies have routinely said oil production will start in 2020 therefore the lack of proper roads will be an impendiment to this deadline and general oil development in the country.

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