The Inspector General of Government Irene Mulyagonja on Thursday broke ground for at IG Towers site on Clement Hill Road.
The Chief Guest was Finance Minister Matia Kasaija. The IG Towers in Kampala will also have a 500-seater hall.
“The new building will save IGG Shs2.5b in rent,” IGG Irene Mulyagonja said.
On July 1, Mulyagonja officially handed over the site for the construction of its headquarters to the contractor, a joint venture between Roko Construction Ltd and Roko Construction (Rwanda) Ltd.
The 15-storey masterpiece will be constructed to the tune of close to 70 billion shillings.
The IGG, Ms. Irene Mulyagonja, said the strict procurement process has shown that the Inspectorate of Government is not a corrupt institution.
She however warned that if there were any corruption tendencies by any individual during the procurement process, they will face the long arm of the law.
The IGG urged the contractor and the consultant, Symbion Uganda Ltd, to adhere to the contractual terms and handover the building in three years. She cautioned them against doing shoddy work, saying “this is one of the best designs submitted to government according to Ministry of Finance.”
The Secretary to IG, Mrs. Rose Kafeero, commended the Evaluation Committee for doing an excellent job during the procurement process.
She also revealed a Contract Management Team chaired by the Director of Leadership Code, Ms. Annet Twine, which will work closely with the Consultant to manage the contract.
The Managing Director of Roko Construction Ltd, Mr. Mark Koehler, thanked the Inspectorate for putting trust in them and pledged to do a job of the “highest quality.”
He said Roko’s most experienced project and construction managers will be in charge of the project.
Mr. Koehler hailed Roko’s achievements in the region, adding that it is a local company with 99.3% Ugandan staff.
At ground-breaking ceremony yesterday, Mulyagonja said the building will include holding cells to help the institution to cut costs of transporting suspects to and from police stations.
“We shall have meeting rooms for investigations and we shall not spend time and resources to move suspects as we wait for court action. We shall also have an exhibit store and a forensic laboratory and a 500-seater-conference hall, among other welfare facilities, on the 15 level building,” Justice Mulyagonja said.
Presiding at the event, Finance minister Kasaija blamed the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) Act for the delayed construction of the IG towers.
According to the minister, the construction of IG tower was supposed to commence two years ago but was impeded by technicalities in the law.
“I am myself a victim of this very law. There was a road construction project in my constituency [Buyanja County], which was delayed for years due to numerous reviews resulting from complaints,” said Kasaija.