Kabale Suspends National Celebrations

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Kabale LC V Chairperson, Patrick Besigye Keihwa confirms the development, saying the district will channel the available funds to crucial development projects like road rehabilitation.

Kabale district local government has resolved to suspend celebrations of all national events this financial year citing budget cuts.
 
According to a source, Kabale district will receive Shillings 43 billion in 2017/2018 financial year from Shillings 53 billion in the previous years.
 
 
Indicative planning figures also show that the budget of the district has been cut from Shillings 34 billion to 12 billion. According to the district leadership, the budget cuts can't allow them to celebrate national events.
 
 
As a result, the district has decided to skip national events such as Liberation day, International Women's Day, National Heroes, International Labor Day and Independence Day among others.
 
 
Kabale LC V Chairperson, Patrick Besigye Keihwa confirms the development, saying the district will channel the available funds to crucial development projects like road rehabilitation.

 
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He attributes the new budget cuts to the creation of Rubanda district, which is becomes operational at the start of the new financial year.
 
However, some residents say the decision to suspend the celebration of national events is uncalled for.

Ronald Bifabusha, a resident of Lower Bugongi in Northern Division in Kabale Municipality, blames the local leadership for poor planning.
 
 
Bifabusha say district officials have deliberately refused to budget for national cerebrations to fulfill their personal interests.


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Edmond Kato, a resident of Southern Division, says the failure by local authorities to budget for national cerebrations is a huge embarrassment.
 
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About the author

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.