Some of the priority areas highlighted in the five year development plan which Kabarole district was supposed to implement have never been achieved.
Kabarole district local government has failed to implement the five year development plan.
The plan which is provided for under the Local Governments Act 1997 section 36 (3) highlights priority areas which local governments are supposed to implement in a period of five years.
In 2006, Kabarole district approved a five year development plan prioritizing water coverage, construction of health centers and improving sanitary conditions in primary school.
Others were construction of access roads and markets in rural areas.
However as the five years come to an end, none of the projects have been implemented and according to statistics at the district planning department only 20% of the plan has been achieved.
In Karambi Sub County, residents are angry that they presented their concerns to the councilor who presented them to the council but nothing has been done about it.
Beatrice Nyangoma, a resident of Burungu village in Karambi Sub County waves a copy of the plan. He says that in the plan, four boreholes were supposed to be constructed in the village.
Nyangoma doubts whether the boreholes will be constructed and the health centre renovated because the district will be planning for the next five years and forget the past.
In the plan, pit latrines were also supposed to be constructed in Karambi, Harugongo and Burungu primary school, but they have never been constructed.
But Juma Nyende, the Chief Administrative Officer Kabarole says that part of the plan was not implemented because of lack of resources and personnel.
Nyende says that when district sends its budgetary estimates to the Ministry of Finance, it is reduced and they are allocated meager resources.
He also says that some district departments do not have personnel who can monitor some of the activities highlighted in the plan and the district has not yet done any replacements.
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Sam Mugume, the acting district planner Kabarole says that if the plan had been achieved, people would be able to access services they need and also it would have reduced on the burden of priorities which the district plans to address in the next five years.
He says that the district will now be forced to include some of the priorities which have not been achieved, into the next five years district plan.