PM deplores shoddy Lugalo Girls building, calls in PCCB

By Guardian Reporter , The Guardian
Published at 10:08 AM Jul 09 2024
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa
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Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has expressed dissatisfaction with the construction of the Lugalo Girls Secondary School, directing the suspension of the Kilolo District engineer Emmanuel Sigachuma.

He also directed issuing a warning on Nelson Milanzi, education officer (secondary), doubling up as Kilolo acting executive director for failing to supervise proper utilisation of funds for the construction of the school.

The school is located in Mbigiri area in the district, which the premier inspected, similarly asking investigation officials to summon former DED Lain Ephraim for interrogation along with his colleagues on suspected misuse of funds.

The former DED retired back in April, with construction of the school starting last August, thus the premier directed the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) in the region to commence investigations on district and school officials noted in the outrage.

The project shows a lot of loopholes in using funds including inappropriate desks, poorly built classrooms, laboratory and dining hall even as the government issued 3bn/- for completion of the buildings. They show all indications of being below standard, he said.

“The government has dished out a lot of funds to construct buildings at the school at required quality standards, but what has been done here is different,” he said.

Inspecting a dining hall, the PM was informed that 774m/- was allocated where 341m/- was spent building it, even as it only stands at 40 percent of total works.

When the district engineer and DEO were asked about the challenges, they all had no clear explanations, whereas the premier identified challenges in the construction of laboratories.

Some key infrastructure such as canalising gas and waste water were badly built such that they cannot allow gas and water to pass, whereupon the premier directed DC Joachim Nyingo to supervise returning of substandard desks lacking space to store exercise books, to be improved.

“The technician who built the windows must be brought here at the school and repeat the job at the required standards,” he specified.

In another development, the premier handed over a 50-acre title deed to the College of Business Education (CBE) to commence construction of the CBE branch in Iringa municipality.