In 2010, Ministry of Education with support from the World Bank allocated 147 million shillings for the construction of a laboratory at Mazzi secondary school.
The ministry contracted Kuma Enterprises Uganda Limit to construct the laboratory and equip it. Recently, the company completed the construction work awaiting the official hand over the laboratory to the school in August 2012. However, parents and teachers of the school have petitioned Chrysostom Muyingo, the state minister for higher education protesting shoddy work.
Fred Mubiru, the head teacher Mazzi secondary school says that a few months after completing, the two laboratory blocks have developed wide cracks on the floor, walls and ceiling. Mubiru also says the windows, doors and apparatus installed in the laboratory are of poor quality.
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He says that they have written to the contractor to redo the work, but he is not bothered. He says that the laboratory is currently under utilized because of its poor state. Mubiru says that they have withheld the 10 percent payment until the contractors redoes the work. He however suspects that the contractor could have shied away from demanding the money because he requires more money to fix the bad works.
Constance Lutwama, a parent at school says that during that their general meeting in February, the contractor promised to redo the work within six months, but nothing has been done. Lutwama says that the student’s lives are in danger because the building may collapse soon. He suspects that the money allocated to the project could have been swindled by the contractor in connivance with ministry officials.
Anne Nalugwa, another parent says the substandard apparatus installed in the laboratory under the government program of promoting sciences in school. She explains that the contractor was supposed to supply four new gas cylinders but two were later found empty and one is already leaking. Emmanuel Mugalu, the director Kuma Enterprises Limited admits to the shoddy, but says that they are still hunting for funds to redo the works.
Chrysostom Muyingo, the state minister for higher education has not yet commented on the petition as he was holed up in a meeting when URN contacted him. In February this year, parents of Kalasa primary school in Makulubita sub county rejected a classroom block worth shillings 128 million over shoddy work. They accused the contractor Bakaseka Group Limited of executing a shoddy job forcing, the district to inject 7 million shillings to redo the work.