Olweny Rice Scheme: Agriculture Ministry’s Ronald Katalo cited in fraud


Some of the buildings under illegal renovations at Olweny Rice Scheme in Dokolo district. Photo by Jaspher Ouni
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“Please get the right information on name of contract and thereafter contact Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture,” Christine Najjuma says

Dokolo – Security team [leaders] of Dokolo district on Wednesday ordered CMD Investments Limited out of Olweny Rice scheme. The under trouble company was contracted by ministry of Agriculture [MAAIF] to renovate the dilapidated buildings at the scheme.

The team were comprised of Chief Administrative Officer, Isah Mbogo, LC5 Frederick Dickens Odongo aka Kungfu Master, RDC Lawrence Egole and acting district engineer.

The district leaders became infuriated after visiting the site at Olweny rice scheme and they were denied access to project documents.

Recently, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries gave contract of renovating Olweny Rice Scheme to CMD Investments Limited and the former failed to inform Dokolo district about the project.

Speaking at the renovation site on Wednesday, Seninda Edwin, the site engineer told Dokolo district leaders that the project documents are not supposed to be shown out to anybody.

Mr Senida says he was instructed by the project manager in the MAAIF, Ronald Katalo never to do so – else he will answer the ‘why, what’.

After his reckless statement, as leaders termed it, RDC Lawrence Egole ordered him to mobilize his people and leave the site until they get clear information and project documents as mandated by law.

Frederick Dickens Odongo who’s the Dokolo LC5 chair, said: “It is wrong for the Ministry to send constructor to their district illegally and instructed to deny us access to project documents.”

According to the CAO, Mr Isah Mbogo, the “illegal renovation will always have no value for money because local authorities who are supposed to monitor has no project documents”.

When contacted by TND News on Friday morning, Ms Christine Najjuma, an officer at CMD Investments Limited denied talking much on the contract and directive issued by the local leadership in Dokolo.

As his TND News was not informed, she said: “Please get the right information on name of contract and thereafter contact Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture.”

Mr Ronald Katalo who has been accused of ordering ‘no release of any contract documents’, could not be reached by press time.

On a positive note, Dokolo district local government has handed over the construction of Adok sub country headquarters and construction of Dokolo health center IV staff houses to TIJOS Investment Limited to a tune of over Uganda shillings 150 million.

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