April 15, 2024

Office of prime minister, contractor feud over construction of Lango Palace

By Denis Okello (denis.okello@vol.co.ug)


CMD Investments Limited that was contracted by the office of the prime minister to construct Lango cultural palace has accused the Office of the prime minister for delaying the project due to laxity to provide them with the architectural drawings of the project.

On 15/7/2022, the managing director CMD Investments limited Christine Najjuma Nalima Sebyala wrote a letter to the Prime Minister Robbina Nabanjja and copied it to the public procurement and disposal of public assets and the attorney general accusing the prime minister of stifling the implementation of the project.

Christine Sebyala said it was not their intention to frustrate the project flagged off by the presidenton 29/12/2012.

She said they were handed over the project on 25/1/2021 at 3.5 billion shillings and they went on to clear the project site but the office of the prime minister failed to avail to them the architectural drawings of the project to guide the execution of the project.

She said the drawings that were in the bidding documents had errors and they wrote to the office of the prime ministerand the project consultant Oubuntu Consulting limited on 26/7/2021 explaining the errors.

 Sebyala said they sat for several meetings with the officials from the office prime minister and nothing much has been done to address the matter.

Sebyala,said they received some drawings from drawings Oubuntu Consulting Limited singed by the office of the prime minister but it had more work to be done, but without additional funding.

On 22/4/2022, Sebyala said they got a letter from the office of the prime minister seeking to terminate their contract much as the problem arose from the office of the prime minister.

On Monday the Prime minister of Lango cultural foundation James Robert Ajalo said the office of the prime minister had terminated the contract of CMD Investments limited and was sourcing for another contractor to undertake the project.

The spokesperson of the office of the Prime Minister Julius Mucunguzi when contacted referred us to the state minister of northern Uganda Grace Freedom Kwiyucuny who is in charge the project.

However minister Kwiyucuny referred us back to the prime minister.