The government has finally released Shs 500 million for the renovation of Maziba primary school in Kabale district, western Uganda.
The structures that include seven classroom blocks, the head teacher’s office, staffroom, and store were destroyed by landslides in May 2020. However, there was no immediate intervention from the government, leaving teachers and parents uncertain if the school would reopen on January 10 when Covid-19 induced lockdown restrictions were lifted.
Parents accused the government of delaying to intervene. When schools reopened last week on Monday, the administration opted to use structures of the nursery section and the nearby resource room of Bukinda Core-Primary Teachers College Bukinda as classrooms.
Moses Bwengye Tumwijukye, Kabale district education officer says money from the government has already been deposited on the district bank account.
Tumwijukye however says that they will have to seek guidance from relevant authorities whether the district should look for a contractor or wait for Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) engineering department to take over the works following President Museveni’s recent directives for the army to take over education and health projects.
Wilfred Niwagaba, Ndorwa East County MP says that the government is also yet to release more Shs 300 million which the parliamentary disaster committee last year recommended for the school’s facelift.