There was confusion in Kibaale on Friday after two important district events were organized on the same day. On the day the district was set to read the 2013/2014 budget, most leaders shunned the belated International Womenâ€™s Day event organized on the same day.
On the day the district was set to read the 2013/2014 budget, most leaders shunned the International Women’s Day celebrations organized on the same day.
The district had organized its belated Women’s Day after failing to have one on March 8th. The event was held at Kakindo sub county headquarters under the theme: “The Gender Agenda: Connecting Grassroots Women in Kibaale to Development.”
However, most leaders including the district chairperson, Members of Parliament and district did not appear at the event as they were attending the reading of the District 2013/2014 financial year budget.
The function was organized by Kibaale district Woman Member of Parliament amid protests from the rest of the district leaders who suggested that the day should be pushed to July 26this year. In the end, it was attended by mainly primary school pupils, motor cyclists or boda boda, some members of the civil society organizations and residents from the neighborhood.
On Thursday, the Kibaale resident district commissioner (RDC) Adrian Mbabazi had threatened to arrest whoever would appear at the function which he said was organized illegally. He went ahead to place announcements on local radio stations in the district urging people and other leaders to shun the event citing that it was personally organized by MP Nabanja.
However Nabanja defied the RDC’s orders and continued with the organization and accused the district leaders of confusing people.
George William Bizibu, the Council Speaker, says the district could not leave reading the budget estimates in favor of celebrating a belated Women’s Day event.
James Baniigwa, the chairperson of the host sub county decided to shun the function saying that MP Nabanja undermined them by failing to officially communicate to them about the day. He says he had earlier been informed that the day had been earmarked for the District Budget reading.
Sunday Mugisa, a local resident in Kakindo decided to spend the whole day in his garden saying he heard announcements over a local radio saying that the Women’s Day event had been cancelled by the RDC. He noted that he feared being arrested as the RDC had earlier.
Despite the district leaders’ decision to shun the day’s event, Mary Karooro Okurut, the minister for Gender in her message presented by Jane Ekapu, the Principal Gender Officer in the Gender Ministry, called for a need for continuous support to education of girl child if the women emancipation is to be upheld.
MP Nabanja who stirred the day’s celebration challenged women to form and join community based groups if they are to acquire government funds for initiating different development projects.