By Ambrose Kweronda
Deputy Inspector General of Government, Ms. Annie Muheirwe, made headlines on Wednesday as she apprehended Ntungamo’s acting District Engineer, Mr. Charles Kusemererwa, and District Roads Supervisor, Mr. Moses Twiine.
Their arrests came in light of their inability to provide a satisfactory explanation for subpart work on two crucial roads within the district.
These roads, Omungyenyi-Kagugu road in Rushenyi County and Kagarama-Rwamabondo road in Kajara County, underwent construction during the 2021/2022 financial year, funded by the Ministry of Works. However, the allocation of funds versus the quality of the executed work sparked a contentious debate.
Muheirwe expressed concern that the money designated for the road projects had been misappropriated, and the roadwork itself fell short of expected standards.
The Inspector General of Government summoned District Water Engineer Mr. Prosper Butubura and Civil Engineer Mr. Richard Kayima were asked to provide statements to the police due to their absence during the road inspections, despite being present in their offices when the construction took place.
Despite a budget exceeding Ushs 600M for both roads, which span a combined length of 32.7 kilometers, residents and leaders assert that the prescribed bills of quantities were disregarded.
Upon thorough examination, the IGG discovered issues including narrowed road widths, poorly constructed culvert bridges, inadequate drainage systems, and failure to apply required murrum on various sections of the road