Kabarole CAO ‘in Trouble’ Over NAADS Money

Kabarole CAO, Ochakara

ConcRite Projects Limited has threatened to sue accusing Kabale Municipality authorities of illegally halting their contract for renovating meat lock ups and the roof on the central market situated in the municipality.

On 24th June 2013, no rx Kabale Municipal Council halted the construction works saying that the contractor had not been procured through the right channels.

According to the Project Manager, sale Samuel Atuhurira, they decided to petition the Inspector General of Government, who wrote to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of local government authorizing ConcRite Projects Limited to continue with the rehabilitation contract.

On 28th May 2014, Permanent Secretary, Issa Gumonye wrote a letter, instructing council to warn the management of ConcRite projects limited, of undertaking the project before entering into a formal contract with the municipal authorities even when they had been notified as the best bidder.

He further ordered them to proceed and complete the procurement process and sign an agreement with ConcRite projects limited, since that company was already the best evaluated bidder.

The same letter urged Kabale municipal authorities to expeditiously implement the instructions and also furnish the progress report registered to the permanent secretary within two months from the date the letter was issued.

Atuhurira says that despite the permanent secretary instructing the authority, there is nothing that has ever progressed and yet they had already spent over 28millions shillings in the process.

Kabale Municipality Mayor Dr. Pius Ruhemurana says that they received the instructions, but they are revising the contract so that mistakes that were made are not repeated.

He however urges that contractor to be patient because the town clerk and his executive are handling the matter.

Nicholas Muloni Ochakara, order the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Kabarole District is in trouble over sacked NAADS officials’ salaries.

In June this year, government terminated the services of sub county NAADS coordinators and service providers replacing them with UPDF soldiers and promised to pay them three months salaries, allowances and transport in accordance to the civil servants law.

This money for over 40 former NAADS officials was deposited on the district’s accounts but the CAO as head of finance had reportedly refused to release it to the beneficiaries.

A fortnight ago, upon hearing that the money had been banked on the district treasury, the Sub County NAADS coordinators and service providers stormed the office of the CAO and that of the district chairman, Richard Rwabuhinga demanding their three months’ salary arrears.

The CAO who was rushing to Kampala calmed the aggrieved officials that their money would be banked on their accounts before Friday of that same week but this was in vain.

During the district council sitting at Kitumba on Friday,  the district boss, Rwabuhinga stunned council when he disclosed that the officials are lamenting that they have not yet received their salaries on their accounts yet it was deposited on the district accounts two weeks ago.

Rwabuhinga described the CAO’s failure to transfer the money to the officials’ accounts’ as a disservice.

He said majority had been thrown out of their houses after failing to pay rent and that those that had acquired bank loans were about to be arrested because they had no means of servicing them.

The fuming chairman therefore directed the CAO to effect the payment of the officials by Monday 3rd November 2014 before another action is taken.

In response, Ochakara pushed the blame to the District Production coordinator, Amos Mugume who he said had failed to submit requisitions to his office for payment.


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