MOES on the spot for refusing to pay Ntungamo contractor for over 10 years

By APN Reporter

The ministry of education and sports has come under fire for failing to pay a contractor over 10 years despite having completed his work.

The ministry officials have not paid the contractor money worth 145 million shillings for constructing eight classrooms at Rugarama secondary school in Ntungamo district despite having completed the work.

The contractor who has also been bedridden for over three years has despite the existing challenges that have seen him struggling to meet his medical bills.

Correspondences between the contractor and the ministry of education confirm that the contractor indeed demands money from the government and directives and commitments to pay have always been made but do not come to fruition.

In a letter dated 25th May 2021 signed by Irene Kauma on behalf of the permanent secretary of the ministry of education, The ministry confirms to have received a complaint from Geoffrey Muhanguzi the director of GEOMU Company limited acknowledging receipt of his claim of shillings 145 million shillings for the construction of eight classrooms at Rugarama secondary school.

In the same letter, Kauma revealed that the ministry was working towards taking action and ensuring that the money in question is paid.

Geoffrey Muhanguzi the Director at GEOMU company limited says that the ministry officials have defied the directives of the permanent secretary and the Minister of education Janet Kataha Museveni but instead resorted to a hide and seek game.

Muhanguzi says that some officials in the ministry have also been trying to block him from accessing the top officials at the ministry so that the matter is not brought to their attention.

He adds that it is unfortunate that the structures are already being used yet for him he continues to suffer.

Muhanguzi says that he will not hesitate to take legal action against the ministry since he has tried to explore all avenues in vain.

Muhanguzi further revealed despite being a strong supporter of the ruling National Resistance Movement –NRM, He is being deliberately frustrated.Muhanguzi can be reached on 0782610627.