Residents of Lwengo district have complained of inadequate service delivery since the area was cut off from Masaka more than two years ago.
Lwengo district was created in July 2010 as part of three new districts created out of Masaka. The others are Bukomansimbi and Kalungu.
During a heated meeting held at Buzinga village playground in Lwengo-rural Sub County and presided over by Lwengo District Chairman, George Mutabazi, residents turned against local leaders in the area and asked them to explain what the government has done since Lwengo became a district.
Joram Kigozi, a resident of Nkunyu village said the residents of Lwengo district have not seen any tangible benefit after the district was created.
He told the meeting that when the leaders were proposing the creation of Lwengo district, they assured them of improved health services that would reach the local people, good roads and improved education standards, all of which have not come to pass.
The meeting was also attended by Bukoto mid-west MP, Isaac Ssejjoba, Paul Wataka, the District Police Commander, district councilors, LC1 Chairpersons, opinion leaders and managers Suubi Centre, a local Community-based Organization.
Mariam Nabweteme of Buzinga village said they do not have health centres where pregnant mothers can get antenatal care. She notes that it has become difficult to go through the nearly impassable feeder roads to Kiwangala health centre IV and other private health centres in Kinoni town.
She said the government has failed to establish health centres at parishes and there are no drugs and nurses at the existing health centres at the sub county headquarters. She asked the government to fulfill its promises on service delivery.
Nabweteme added that since the district was created, government has only increased its expenditure on officials other than than rendering services to the local people.
Lwengo District health officer, Fred Kaye said that Lwengo district has 12 health centres but they have shortage of health workers with few doctors and nurses to attend to the patients especially pregnant mothers and children.
He said that even some few health workers are affected by the poor working conditions including poor pay and lack of decent accommodation. He said the district has only two doctors and some clinical officers and nurses who work in shifts. He therefore asked the government to help the district to recruit more medical workers so that people’s lives are saved.
Another resident, Michael Sekalo, explained that they have not benefited from the government programmes like NAADS in Masaka but it’s only the government officials who are benefiting from it. He added that some districts were created with no solid ground but just only based on some local leaders who want to create jobs for their people.
The District Chairman, George Mutabazi calmed the enraged residents and explained that the district has been getting little funds from the central government. And the disbursement from the central government is done basing on population in the district for equity purposes.
Mutabazi said that the district received the road unit and all the access feeder roads will be rehabilitated and that he has already written to the ministry of health requesting for establishment of health centres at parishes and recruitment of medical staff.
Bukoto mid-west MP, Isaac Ssejjoba urged residents to work hard and help leaders to implement government programmes.
Currently, Uganda has 112 districts with 20 more goin to start in the next two years.