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MPs clear govt to borrow Shs 529bn for construction of 116 schools

Education minister Janet Museveni

Education minister Janet Museveni

The parliamentary education committee has approved a Shs 529 billion loan for the ministry of Education to construct schools in several sub-counties.

According to the ministry, 116 schools will be constructed, out of which, 84 schools will be in non-refugee hosting districts while 32 new schools in the refugee-hosting districts. At least 61 existing schools in refugee-hosting districts will also be expanded.

Of the total funding of $150 million, $90 million is a loan and a grant of $60 million from the International Development Association of the World Bank.

The committee chaired by Kibaale county MP Cuthbert Abigaba also cleared the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) engineering brigade to construct the schools, but with strict adherence to the law.

As the committee considered its reports on Monday, members expressed mixed concerns over the recent directive that was given to the army by President Museveni.

According to Busia Municipality MP Geoffrey Macho, the recommendation that the UPDF is allowed to construct the schools as long as they follow the law does not hold, saying that other contractors should be considered.

Abigaba however says although it is a presidential directive, the right procedures should be followed by the army. Brenda Nabukenya, Luwero Woman MP says that the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) be followed to avoid giving the army blanket clearance.

"There is a directive from the president, we're privy to it and aware but actually we have existing laws. We have PPDA and that must be followed and also the other applicable laws in respect to procurement, to contractors...My issue was we must make statements in the report very clear to indicate that we would require the UPDF brigade to also follow the PPDA laws and also be qualified as a contractor if it is possible. But there is also a legal lacuna, its a government entity, how are you going to sue it once maybe they don't respect the terms of the contract that are given to them." said Nabukenya. 

Among the other recommendations of the committee, is that a new mapping for sub-counties without schools be done since government is currently relying on the 2015 mapping which may is invalid.

The committee also agreed that for the construction of schools to happen in the sub-counties, there should be a memorandum of understanding so that there are no conflicts in the future. The report will now go before the national economy committee which will scrutinize the loan.

Comments

0 #1 Lakwena 2021-09-21 08:02
But wait a minute! it is coming to two years and schools in Uganda remain closed.

In other words, except paying salaries, why should we borrow when for this long the Ministry of Education and other Ministries must have saved money from unspent budgetary allocations. E.g., travel, fuel, allowances, and God knows what else.

Unless of course the monies for other expenditure have been siphoned out into the pockets of Education Ministry's fat cats (officials). why on earth borrow to build schools?

Except the recklessness and indiscipline of national leadership, how many countries incessantly borrow for virtually everything they want to do?

God and Satan; where are you? Ugandans need some answers from both of you.
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+1 #2 Lakwena 2021-09-21 08:40
It is also a pity that: although he told the whole wide world; that he does not need to be lectured about Democracy, but obsessed with the militarism (violence) our Dictator, Gen Tibuhaburwa is now leading by Decree sic Directives.

In other words, beside being the Author and master of Violence, the man is also the Author and Master of Unemployment.
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+1 #3 Lakwena 2021-09-21 08:43
E.g., except of course conflict of interest and concealed corruption, Ugandan is not in any "State of Emergency". why therefore, should it be a Directive for the UPDF to construct schools?

Should all the graduates in Civil Works/engineering from all the Polytechnic Institutions and/or Universities of learning join the UPDF to be gainfully employed?

Why should all the high positions in e.g. the Ministry of Internal Affairs and especially the Police and Foreign Affairs be filled up with soldier? Simple, Militarism!

In other words, because they are being filled up with soldiers; sooner than later, there will be no difference between the Ministry of Defense on the one hand, and the Ministries of: Internal Affairs; Foreign Affairs; Education Health; and God and Satan know what else on the other.
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0 #4 Kalibbala 2021-09-21 22:49
Look at this Glutton who Failed Nursery School as Minister of Education whose Only Job is To siphon off all Monies intended for Development!.

Gaavi Funds She was Involved! NSSF Money was Swindled by Herself! Whom are you hoodwinking

There will never Be a single School Built Anywhere!! Makereere University which You Burnt intentionally has not seen the first Spade of Cement to rebuild it! here you are again Drumming for Funds!! UGANDANS ANI YABALOGA??

Why Don't you Stand Up and Kick these Suckers out of Your COUNTRY! No wonder The Country like Leopold of Belgium owned Congo, Belongs to Kataha and her Husband Kisiraani, The Curse and enemy of Humanity! Poor Folks..
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