Friday, 25 October 2013

Accountability radio discussions help Mugusu Sub County get better services

Rural monitors of Mugusu Sub County in Kabarole District have used radio discussions to lobby for better roads in their sub county. “We have been facing a lot of accidents in Mugusu Sub County due to the poor roads. On 2nd October 2013, a lorry knocked and killed a person in front of Mugusu market, near the Sub County headquarters due to the poor road. We went on Better FM on 13th October 2013 and shared the issue on radio and asked the concerned leaders like the District Engineer to intervene. After the radio talk show, the road was graded and it is now in a good state”, said Mukwano Ssenyonjo, the Chairperson of People’s Rights and Forum for Development in Mugusu Sub County, Kabarole District.

Members of People's Rights and Forum for Development during the Listener's Forum On Better FM
Mr. Mukwano went ahead to indicate how radio programs had also helped Mugusu Sub County to get a notice board on which sub county accountability information is pinned for the local citizens to access. “Since 2011, Mugusu Sub County did not have a notice board and there was no information access for the local people concerning their sub county. People lacked information concerning their sub county funds, taxes collected and funds received from the central government and how these funds were being used by the different offices like NAADS, Health, Education, among others. But after discussing the issue on radio, a public notice board was formed and as I talk, information is being published and pinned for the local people”.

The local people in Mugusu Sub County are also very happy about the work of rural monitors and the positive changes that are being brought about by the radio programs.  “The local people in Mugusu Sub County are very happy about our activities of monitoring service delivery, demanding accountability from the local leaders, and also the positive changes that come to the sub county due to our participation in accountability radio discussions”, said Mukwano Ssenyonjo.

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