Tender boards, DSC most corrupt in Rwenzori sub-region – new report


District tender boards and district service commissions top the list of the corrupt district departments in the Rwenzori sub-region, a report released by the Rwenzori Anti-Corruption Coalition (RAC) has indicated.RAC is a non-governmental organisation that was formed in 2002 to fight graft in the region.

The RAC coordinator, Ms Angella Byangwa, on Monday observed if corruption exhibited by the district board members is not investigated and fought, all the funds sent to districts will continue being embezzled and the projects will not be sustained.The report reveals that during the recruitment exercise, a lot of money is collected from the applicants by some members of the district service commissions (DSC).

The money is collected during the time of short-listing the applicants for interviews and immediately after the interviews. “Getting a job on merit is history,” the report indicates. The contractors who win tenders in this manner are subjected to less or minimum supervision since the money collected during the tendering processes is shared amongst a good number district officials, according to the report.

oor workmanship“Our report indicates that most classrooms, pit latrines, roads, bridges and health centre buildings built with billions of shillings have either collapsed or are about to collapse due to poor workmanship,” Ms Byangwa said.The same report indicates that most roads, pit latrines, gravity flow schemes, buildings and bridges constructed between 1990 and 2013 in the Rwenzori Sub-region look much older than those constructed 20-30 years back.

oorly done projects, according to racBundibugyo District. Bulyambwa-Bupomboli Health centre II, the sinking pit latrine at Bulemba, Bundibuyali, Green Circle Nursery and PS, Irampura PS, Bukangama market and Busamba road projects.

Kamwenge District. Four stance pit latrines and urinals at Ikamiro and at Kanara primary schools, uncompleted shallow wells in Kawesana village, a four-classroom project at Kamwenge College Seed School, Kamwenge Main Station Way road and Rutoma-Kitakama road in Rwengaza parish.

Kyenjojo District. Mukunyu gravity flow, Kagando and Rwentaiki pit-latrines, Kinyantale-Miringo road and Kyogya-Kibuye road, among others.Kabarole District. Karambi-ButebeMbuzi-Mukonomura road, Kasenda gravity flow, Karambi Health centre II pit latrine and Rwimi Kyatabazi-Kikompo-Kakyinga road.

Kasese District. Buhathiro Primary School headquarters, Kyogha primary school pit latrine, Kibota and Maliba-Kabwa water springs.

Rac’s success so farAccording to the RAC Coordinator, Ms Angella Byangwa, since 2002, about Shs6 billion has been saved as a result of RAC’s efforts, through arrests of the culprits, interdictions and dismissal of public servants found guilty of corruption.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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