Masindi municipal council leadership has refused to commission four government projects because the works done by contractors are shoddy.
Speaking to our reporter in an exclusive interview at his office on Thursday morning, Joab Busiinge, the mayor Masindi municipality disclosed that the projects they have refused to commission are at Kigulya primary school, a pit latrine at Nyamigisa boys primary school, a project at Kibyama health center and market venders’ store in Masindi main market.
Busiinge added that, their effort to meet people who did shoddy work is futile raising suspicion that they might be indirectly being protected by civil servants or they may be civil servants who indirectly awarded contracts to themselves, something that is illegal.
The mayor says the process of awarding contracts seems to be flawed by irregularities with no transparency at all and to change the trend, he wants political leaders’ involvement by witnessing the signing of contracts ceremony so that contractors can be physically present and told what is expected of them and in case of any mess, and they can be pinpointed.
Busiinge disclosed that, when he assumed the office after winning elections, he found out that municipal council was sued for denying a prequalified tenderer to collect revenue from an abattoir on excuses of purportedly following presidential directives, something that was preventable.
He promised to convene a meeting with the procurement officer, the town clerk and the contracts committee to make interventions that will have to streamline the tendering process so that at the end of it all, all tenderers are physically known.
Nyakaisiki Abigairi, the secretary manager Masindi Taxi Drivers and Operators SACCO that is manning Masindi main Taxi Park said that, municipal council follows proper procurement regulations like advertising, opening bid valuations for submissions, setting deadline among other and at the end the highest bidder is prequalified.
She also accepted that, civil servants only defend legally prequalified tenderers adding that political leaders do not witness the signing of contracts. She disclosed that, submission of bids is done at the same time and date but successful bidders sign contracts individually with the officer responsible.
When contacted to comment about shoddy works, Deogratious Byakagaba, the deputy town clerk Masindi municipal council refuted claims by the mayor that contractors had done shoddy works but instead referred it as projects having defects.
He also denied claims that, civil servants were not interested in disclosing contractors adding that, town engineer was instructed to write to contractors whose works had defects to be corrected within three weeks and failure to comply would lead to penalties.