The town council chairperson Hon. Hussein Hamada has pledged to mobilize people in Rwebisengo town council to form groups so that they can benefit from government programs like wealth creation program. Hon. Hamada said this while meeting a team from Toro Development Network (ToroDev) a local NGO operating in the seven districts of Rwenzori sub region and ‘Manya omwebembezi wawe’ talk show moderator on KRC Fm, a local radio station in Fort Portal in Ntoroko district o 19th September,2016.
The team was in the field for post election agenda; where office bearers share their 5 years development plans for the people in their different constituents. This is aimed at keeping track of what the leaders have pledged to do for the people and also keep engaging them on service delivery issues.
Hon. Hussein said the short period spent in office, they have been able to select a water source committee which has undergone training to help on the issue of access to safe and clean water in the area the fact that it is one of the core challenges facing the town council. The mayor added that without a power source, they cannot access water and they are currently working in partnership with Mid western Umbrella to install solar power source so that the town council can be supplied with water.
On the health sector, the mayor said he has come up with names proposed to work on the health management committee and are now awaiting approval from the council and once they are approved, they will monitor the health sector in the town council. He has also secured a security guard to provide security at the health centre for encroachers and animals that graze within the health centre grounds. The mayor said he plans to have a meeting with area members of parliament on the issue of drug stock outs where a lot of drugs get spoilt from the health centre stores due to being provided with drugs that do not work on the reported diseases at the health centre hence making them non applicable.
Talking on the education sector, the mayor said he has realized that most schools have Board members who have over stayed and cannot perform their duties as expected. He plans to have new Board members for the schools and also school management committees so that they are oriented on their roles in order to be watch dogs of teachers and head teachers especially those who absent themselves without serious reasons making the schools perform poorly.
On the road sector the mayor plans to implement the available town council plan by opening new roads with in the town council and also mobilizing community members to register their land so that they can acquire land titles to reduce the internal conflicts that come as a result of disagreements on land issues And also working with the media to inform people and account to them on a number of engagements.
During the visit the district councilor and speaker Bweramule sub county Hon. Muntu Willy told the team that the main problem in the area is scarcity of safe and clean water and they are doing a lot of lobbying to increase access to safe and clean water in the sub county & district as a whole. Hon. Muntu acknowledged the dropout rate in schools and failure of school going age children not attending school. He said they have constructed a staff quarter at Bweramule primary school to solve the issue of teachers’ absenteeism & another staff quarter at Kabimbiri primary school is at completion level & plan to at least get 5 staff quarters with in these 5 years. Pit latrines have been constructed at Haibale primary school & Bugando primary school to improve on hygiene and sanitation in these schools. ‘’we are planning to have monthly exams set by a team of teachers with in the district for our school and we hope this will improve performance of pupils And also we plan to induct the new school management committees of their roles in monitoring schools so that the issue of teachers & head teachers absenteeism is checked.
We are grateful to all our development partners for the financial & technical support towards the sustainability of these development programs.