Communities neighboring Kibaale National Park in Kyenjojo are not benefiting from the revenue that was given to them by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
In 2000, UWA introduced the revenue sharing scheme where local communities bordering National Parks are entitled to 20% of the revenue from gate collections.
The money is used to construct schools, health centers and rehabilitate roads in the communities.
In January this year, Kibaale National Park gave Bugaki Sub County in Kyenjojo district 190 million shillings from the gate collections.
The money was supposed to be used to construct three bore holes, buy iron sheets for Bugaki Primary School and construct a market.
However nothing has been done, leaving residents in the sub county frustrated.
Daphine Nyakato, a resident of Kiburara village claims that the funds were embezzled by the sub county officials.
She says that if the boreholes had been constructed, it would solve the problem of water accessibility.
Nyakato says that the nearest water source in the area is 10 kilometers. She also says that they were told that the boreholes would be constructed in February.
At Bugaki Primary School, some of the pupils are being taught at Bugaki social centre hall because the classrooms have no iron sheets.
David Muhumuza, the headmaster of Bugaki Primary School says that the funds from UWA were meant to purchase new iron sheets for three classroom blocks which were destroyed by heavy rains last year in December.
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Asked why the funds have not been used since January, Rogers Isagara, the Sub County Chief refused to comment on the matter.
Ronald Asiimwe, the Chief Administrative Officer Kyenjojo, could not be reached for a comment.
Asa Kule, the Chief Warden Kibaale National Park says that the park is carrying out investigations about why the boreholes, market and the school were not rehabilitated.
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