Districts Fail To Meet Five Year Development Targets

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In sub counties like Karambi, Busoro and Hakibale there are few boreholes to cater for the high number of residents.

Districts in Rwenzori region have failed to meet the targets they set in their five year development plans. Under the Local Governments Act 1997 section 36 (3) districts are mandated to list priority areas, which they are supposed to implement in a period of five years. The priority areas included education, health, access to water and improvement in road infrastructure among other. However, as the five years came to an end last month, some of the targets haven’t been met.
 
Kabarole district prioritized increase of water coverage, improving sanitary conditions in primary schools, construction of access roads and markets in rural areas. However sanitary conditions in schools remain appalling while water access in rural areas remains a dream. In sub counties like Karambi, Busoro and Hakibale there are few boreholes to cater for the high number of residents. Residents are forced to fetch water from dirty water sources like swamps.

Steven Rusongonza, a resident of Burungu village says that the two boreholes in the village broke down and have never been replaced. He says they presented their concerns to their area councilor but nothing has been done. Rusongonza doubts whether the boreholes will be replaced because the district will be planning for the next five years and forget the past. 

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Sanitary facilities in primary schools are inadequate to cater for the big number of pupils. Nicholas Ochakara, the Kabarole Chief administrative officer blames their failure to meet their targets on lack of resources and personnel. He explains that the finance ministry sends them less money than they plan for in their budget. He also says that some district departments do not have personnel who can monitor some of the planned activities.
 
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The situation is not any different in Bundibugyo and Ntoroko, where the districts have registered less than 50 percent of their target. Allan Ashaba, the Ntoroko chief administrative officer blames the rigid procurement procedures. He says that the PPDA rules take a long time, and require a lot of paper work before tenders are awarded.

Ashaba says the district has failed to absorb funds disbursed by the Uganda Roads Funds (URF) because of bureaucratic tendencies, leaving the roads in a poor state. 

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.