Thursday, 22 May 2014

“Our roads are constructed locally because of the little funds allocated to our Sub County”, Hon Byokufa Musitofa

The Chairperson LC III of Katebwa Sub County Mr. Byokufa Mustofa has indicated how roads in Katebwa Sub County are constructed locally because of the little funds allocated to the Sub County. “Our roads are constructed locally because Katebwa Sub County receives little funds from the local government. This has created a lot of transport limitations to the local citizens since many of the bridges like Nsongya Bridge have failed to be constructed after being washed away by the heavy rains in April last year”. The Chairperson indicated this on May 8th 2014 during the accountability meeting that was organized by members of Katebwa Advocacy Forum in Katebwa Sub County, under the support of ToroDev.

Members of Katebwa Advocacy Forum
The accountability meeting was also attended by the area Sub County Chief Mr. Kimanyweda Adoniah, the Sub County NAADS coordinator representative Mr. Kule Elisha, the Sub County Health representative Miss Musoki Perpetra, Mr. Kahwa Daniel the Sub County Education representative and Mr. Mugisa David from Kabarole Research and Resource Center. ToroDev was represented by Miss Shilla Amanya, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. A total number of 176 (one hundred and seventy six) youths and women attended the meeting and were able to raise their issues, concerns and also demand for accountability from their local leaders.

During the meeting, Mr. Kule indicated the performance of the NAADS sector in the Sub County. “Every year, Katebwa Sub County gives support to farmers who are in groups through the NAADS program. One goat and three basins of irish potatoes are given to groups of food security farmers, five goats are given to market oriented farmers, and each parish receives a heifer to give to commercial farmers. Other equipment like cereals such as cow peas, cassava and coffee, pigs, as well as bee hives are also given out to farmers who are in registered groups accordingly”.

Mr. Kahwa also appealed to the parents to send their children to school rather than leaving them at home. “As parents, we should support government programs by sending our children to school and contributing towards the funding of the programs. We should not leave every responsibility to the government but also perform our role as parents by providing scholastic materials like books, pens, uniforms, and also packing food for our children”.

Meanwhile, Hon Byokufa further gave accountability of what he has achieved for Katebwa Sub County. “We have opened up Mutumba Road, constructed Kyamukube – Bugaya road as well as Nyakigumba – Kitumba market road, renovated Kibate Health Center II, constructed shallow wells at Ibembiro, Mitandi and Bunaiga parishes, supplied twenty four desks to Bukara and Mutumba Primary Schools, provided moveable latrines at Kitumba market and Mabwe Trading Centers, built two class rooms and a store at Karugaya Secondary School, among others”. 

The accountability meetings are supported by NED, SPIDER/Stockholm University and SIDA/CIPESA on a project aimed at using both physical and online platforms like accountability meetings, radio and social media to improve the participation of marginalized population groups of rural youth and women in governance in the Rwenzori Region, Western Uganda.

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