Councilor Weeps Over Suspension of Projects

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He stormed out the council weeping.

There was drama in Soroti on Wednesday after Peter Oringo, the Kamuda Sub County LC V councilor stormed out of council weeping following the revision of the district work plan. Oringo was heartbroken after two health projects meant for his area were rolled over to the next financial year. They are Agora Health Centre II and Lale Health Centre II, which had been allocated 125,940,000 million shillings and 83,563,300 million shillings under the Primary Health Care funds and Peace Recovery and Development Plan respectively.
Shortly after the decision was reached to role the projects to the new financial year was taken, Oringo accused the district executive and heads of department for denying his people access to health services. He stormed out of the council weeping. According to Oringo, his electorate trek for about 10 kilometers to access health services.

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Some of the residents of Kamuda have supported the decision by their councilor to storm out of the council meeting saying they suffer alot when it comes to access of health services. Loyce Alapo, a mother of five children and resident of Dokolo-Agora in Kamuda Sub County told URN that she walks six kilometers to Soroti Regional referral hospital to access treatment. 

James Erengu, a resident of Dokolo-Kamuda was shocked to receive the news that the projects had been rolled over to the next financial year. Erengu said in 2011, a 12-year-old girl was defiled by a man under the guise of giving her a lift to Soroti Regional Referal Hospital for treatment. 

Dr. Charles Okadhi, the Soroti District Health Officer says that they decided to drop the two health projects to concentrate on Kamuda Health Centre III and other pending projects. He explains that the decision was taken in line with the Government’s policy to consolidate Health Centre IVs and III first.

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Charles Okello, Soroti CAO says there are pending projects that they have to implement before starting new ones.

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About the author

Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.