NGOs, Kabarole Local Government Duplicating Work

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Unspecified amount of money is being wasted in Kabalore district as a result of duplication of projects. Both Kabalore Local Government administration and NGO operating in the district sink money in similar projects in the same area leaving other areas yearning for services. A case in point is in Hakibale Sub County where Health through Water and Sanitation (HEWASA), a local NGO constructed 3 boreholes in Kijura parish and one month later the district water department also constructed 6 bore holes in the same parish, where as in the parishes of Kyembogo and Kamengo there is no single borehole. In Busoro Sub County, the district water department constructed 5 boreholes at a cost of shillings 200 million in Kaina parish and the Joint Effort to Save the Environment (JESE), a local NGO constructed 2 boreholes in the same area yet in the neighboring parishes of Humura, Nyakabale and Gweri there is no single borehole. Reste Busobozi, a resident of Nyakabale parish says that she is surprised that in Kaina parish, there are seven boreholes and in Nyakabale, there is none. Busobozi says that the NGOs and the district should work together and know which areas are in need of services instead of wasting money on similar projects. Edward Itoote, Coordinator of Kabarole NGOs and CBOs Association says that the duplication of work by the NGOs and district departments is caused by lack of planning. Itoote says that the district and the NGOs do not share their work plans specifying the kind of work they are supposed to implement in communities. He says that duplication of work can be avoided if both sides can strengthen cooperation. //Cue in: "what happens is that..." Cue out...on the NGO side."// Michael Nyakaana, the Kabarole planner blames the NGOs for not informing the district of their plans before implementing any activity in the district. However David Mugisa, the water officer HEWASA blames the district community based department for being inactive. Mugisa says that they have on several occasions availed the district with their plans but there is no response. There are 150 registered NGOs and CBOs operating in the district, dealing in areas of agriculture, health, water and sanitation, education, anti-corruption, peace and conflict.

 

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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.