Construction of Katuna Town Council Office Block Stalls

2003 Views Kabale, Western Region, Uganda

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The town council has so far spent 250 million Shillings on construction of the office block according to Chairperson Nelson Nshangabasheija. However, he adds, the works were greatly affected by a decline in local revenue and a reduction in disbursements from the central government.

Construction of a multi-million office block for Katuna Town Council has stalled due to lack of funds. The facility whose construction started over five years ago was built with funds generated from local revenue. However, it stalled after the roofing stage.

The town council has so far spent 250 million Shillings on construction of the office block according to Chairperson Nelson Nshangabasheija. However, he adds, the works were greatly affected by a decline in local revenue and a reduction in disbursements from the central government.

Katuna Town Clerk Sunday Eric says that completion works which include plastering, tiling, construction of indoor toilets, and beautifying the compound are all on a standstill. The building was budgeted to cost 500 million Shillings.

Sunday says that lack of an office block forces them to operate from in a rented house, an expenditure of 4.6 million Shillings per year. He adds that the payments have become too expensive for the town council to sustain.
 
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Kabale District Chairperson Patrick Besigye Keihwa says that the district leadership is equally concerned over the development and has been lobbying government for help. Keihwa adds that the government has already released a 200 million Shillings under Ministry of Finance towards the completion of office block.
 
Keihwa is optimistic that the office block will be completed before the end of next financial year.
 
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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.