Activists want contractors blacklisted over bad work

The Midwestern Regional Anti-Corruption Coalition (MIRAC) members, in Bunyoro sub-region want the government to blacklist contractors suspected of doing shoddy work in the area.

The MIRAC programme officer, Mr Martin Zinira, at the weekend said shoddy work has left various classrooms, roads and health facilities in a sorry state. He said in 2008, MIRAC received 12 shoddy work complaints in the region, which were forwarded to police and the Inspector General of Government for investigation.

In 2009, the activists reportedly received 22 complaints from the community accusing public officials of bribery and extortion. Mr Zinira also claimed that the office received 39 cases of theft and fraud in 2010, 16 cases of shoddy work and 57 complaints of abuse of office.

The coalition’s Gender Officer, Mr Herbert Monday, showed journalists photographs of a bridge constructed in May 2012 on River Wambabya in Bugambe Sub-County, but which was later swept away by floods.

The bridge has remained a pain in the neck for people who travel to Nyakabaale Market and Muhwiju Health Centre.
Mr Monday also showed photos of a four-classroom block at Kigorobya COU Primary School that was de-roofed by a storm in 2010 and has never been repaired. “We can no longer stay silent, fearful and indifferent amidst such injustices. Let us stand together with individuals who are actively fighting theft and looting and we add our voices to theirs,” Zinira told journalists.

On corruption
The activists also want public officials implicated in corruption scandals prosecuted and efforts made to recover public resources that they may have mismanaged. The Midwestern Regional Criminal Investigations officer, Mr Sulaiman Kabuye, said he had not yet received an official communication from the activists.


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