Kampala- Uganda, Today morning Members of the Parliamentary health committee were blocked from accessing the Lubowa hospital site. Top health benefits of Banana to man
Lubowa hospital has been making rounds in the news over what was a battle between Roko Construction Company, Finasi and Government.
Parliament early this year, approved a loan guarantee of Shs 1.4 trillion (about $378m) to Finasi/Roko Construction Ltd, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the construction of the International Specialised Hospital of Uganda (ISHU) in Lubowa, Wakiso district.
However the project has since faced setbacks with the SPV Finasi/Roko falling apart following the introduction of another player a Chinese firm, Power China Guizhou Engineering co.
Ltd as the civil works contractor, but also allegations that up to $86 million meant for the project was already missing even before the project had commenced. However, Edmond Ariko, the Soroti Municipality MP said that the reason parliament had approved the loan guarantee to the SPV was because of ROKO construction company, as Finasi International was an unknown company and did not have the capacity to construct the facility.
He says Finasi was supposed to come in at a later stage to equip the facility and train specialists but not take over the construction of the facility.
“We’ve never known Finasi to have done any construction anywhere. The strongest argument that we were given then by the minister of Finance, Hon [David] Bahati, was that Roko is known to everyone in terms of construction.
Finasi was going to concentrate on the aspects of equipment and training.
In the circumstances where our assurance of quality works in construction are no longer as agreed as parliament because the Chinese government was not part of SPV, wouldn’t it have been, Hon attorney general, something that would have triggered you how do we get the assurance of works?” said Ariko.
Committee chairperson, Syda Bbumba questioned why the contractors are in conflict, but government claims that the project was going on smoothly and ahead of schedule.
She also told Rukutana that they are concerned about a possible conflict of interest which might affect project works.
She called on the government to sort out the issue of the owners’ engineer, Francis Wakabi whose contract had expired but was still in office.
She said the issues were serious and ought to be handled expeditiously.
So today the Committee took it upon themselves to visit the construction site and see how far the project had gone only to be blocked by Police from entering into the site