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Construction of Kasese Municipality headquarters resumes

By Wilson Asiimwe

Added 9th August 2016 06:56 PM

The municipality had so far used 500 million on the construction work although

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Kabyanga (left) and Kwatampora inspecting the construction work. Photo by Wilson Asiimwe

The municipality had so far used 500 million on the construction work although

The construction of the new administration headquarters for Kasese Municipality has resumed, ending years of bickering among councillors and local leaders.

For close to three years, there has been bickering among councillors and some members of the technical staff that some money meant for the project had been swindled.

Godfrey Kabyanga, the Kasese Municipality Mayor said on Monday during a guided tour of the newly sworn in councillors that he was happy that the construction process has finally taken off.

He explained that the municipality is currently facing a severe shortage of space which forces some workers to operate in the corridor and on the streets.

"I hope that by the end of this financial year we shall have completed the first phase of the construction so that some of the offices can be relocated because we have a very big problem of shortage of space," said Kabyanga.

Kabyanga also said they want the construction work expedited so that they return the current buildings back to central division which he said is spending a lot of money on rent.

"A lot of money meant for service delivery is spent on rent for central division we want the work done so first so that we can relocate and leave the old building for central division," said Kabyanga.

He said that the municipality had so far used 500 million on the construction work although the donors withdrew about 200million shillings off the pledged funds, the available funds will go a long way in having the construction complete.

 

Alex Kwatampora the municipal speaker said that according to the building plan, the block is comprised of two storeyed offices, hall and council committee rooms.

Kwatampora, said the construction of the administration block had stalled due to lack of funds he said that they have been struggling to raise sh5b from local revenue to finance the construction of the block.

He is optimistic that they will raise the necessary funds within the next four years to complete the construction work.

While officiating at the launch of the construction work, President Yoweri Museveni pledged sh80m.

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