Museveni Directs Ministries To Surrender To  All  Construction Projects To UPDF

Museveni Directs Ministries To Surrender To All Construction Projects To UPDF

By Simon Abaho

President Yoweri Museveni has directed his wife, Janet Museveni, who also serves as Education Minister, plus Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, to hand all construction projects under their ministries to the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) Construction Brigade starting with FY 2021/2022.

In a letter dated Thursday July 1, also copied to Vice President Jessica Alupo, Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, Defence Minister, and CDF, the President said the UPDF Engineering Brigade has been very instrumental in implementing many projects, thereby enabling the country to save in terms of funds and time.

“Unfortunately,” he said,” I have noted with concern that many of the Government Projects in other sectors are often delayed due to lengthy procurement processes and in other cases, corruption perpetrated by some unscrupulous Government Workers,” the President wrote.

By letting UPDF Engineering Brigade undertake the projects, he reasoned that: “We can avoid all these delays in implementing Government Construction Projects by utilizing the Army Construction Brigade.”

The President directed that with effect from the FY 2021/2022, all new construction projects for Health facilities and Schools be undertaken by the Army Construction Brigade, as a pilot study, adding that directive will be gradually extended to cover other sectors of the Government.

The UPDF Engineering Brigade, according to available data, has 2,500 well-trained personnel who he said can undertake the construction works.

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