By Richard Akandwanaho
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic development Keith Muhakanizi has ordered for partial demolition of Buramba HCIII under construction citing the use of substandard building materials.
Last month, media reports claimed that the quality of materials being used for the construction works at Buramba HCIII in Rubaya Sub County Kabale district was below the required construction standards.
This forced the ministry of works to constitute a multi-sectoral team to undertake a technical assessment on the quality of construction works at the facility and provide guidance, an exercise that was done from 9th to 12th June 2020. The team did the site visits together with the Kabale district Political and Technical staff.
Now, in a letter dated 1st July 2020 addressed to the Kabale District Chief Administrative Officer, Muhakanizi says that during the site visit at Buramba HCIII, nonconfirmatory tests were conducted on the materials used in the facility’s construction. He further noted that to further attest to the quality of the materials, the team picked the samples and took them to Central Materials Laboratory ministry of Works and Transport in Kampala for confirmatory tests.
However, according to Muhakanizi, the results from the tests of the picked materials indicate that the Ultimate Compression Strengthen- (UCS) for the concrete blocks picked from Buramba is too low compared to the required level.
In addition, the tests also indicate that the stone aggregate had adequate mechanical properties though were slightly larger than the 20mm size specified. Additionally, the combined sand samples had adequate silt content 3 percent which is within acceptable ranges.
In the letter, the ministry recommended that the construction works at Buramba HCIII are halted and all load-bearing walls demolished and rebuilt with concrete blocks that meet the minimum specifications.