The Construction of Kasese district administration block has stalled again due to a lack of funds. Construction of the Shillings 1.4Billion block in Rukoki Sub County started in 2005.
However, work stalled in 2017 due to a lack of funds. It came after the district leadership injected Shillings 600million to construct the building up to the first floor. In March last year, Kasese district secured about Shillings 200 million from the central government to resume the construction.
However, the site has remained idle since November last year as contractor Mensa Engineering Service Limited is not on the ground. Kasese authorities say that they have been entirely relying on royalties remitted to the district by companies operating in the district through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development to raise construction funds.
However, a change in the economic landscape and COVID-19 effects have taken a toll on the financial resources of the district. Eliphazi Muhindi Bukombi, Kasese district LC V chairperson, says they presented a budget of Shillings 2.2 billion to the president’s office to help them complete the block.
He says the project hit a snag when the contractor ran short of funds and abandoned the site.
Obed Tsotswana, the Speaker Kasese district, says that they have no money to support the project up to completion. He, however, says that the absence of an administration affects service delivery as they don’t have sufficient space for the workers.