Luweero Independence Celebrations Suffer Budget Shortfall

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The LC 3 chairman of Katikamu sub-county Sam Sserunjogi wonders how the district can delegate such responsibilities to lower units yet it’s aware of their financial constraints. Sserunjogi claims that he has spent over three months using personal money to carry out supervision of government programmes due to lack of funds and the sub-county cannot put funds into organizing events.

Authorities in Luweero are considering scaling down activities to mark 50 years of Ugandan independence over lack of funds. The Luweero district independence celebrations are scheduled to take place at Kasana Playground on Thursday October 11th, 2012.

The chairman of the district independence organizing committee Fred Kyeyune says that they have planned various activities to cost 17 million shillings to celebrate the event. Kyeyune explains that the amount was to prepare food and drinks for more than 2000 guests; hire a public address system, security, drama groups, chairs, tents among others.

Kyeyune adds that, however, the district has managed to secure only ten million shillings and the budget is still short by of seven million shillings.

Kyeyune adds that they asked the sub-county authorities to contribute a small fee for the preparation of the event but received no contributions yet it is a few days to the event. He says that they have resolved to hold a crisis meeting on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 to chart a way on how to scale down activities to mark independence.

The Luweero Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Christopher Kyomya confirms the lack of funds. Kyomya adds that the district has delegated some responsibilities that include transportation of residents to the event to sub-counties so as to cut down costs.

But the sub county chairpersons have also refused to transport the residents to the venue and contribute claiming they don’t have funds and the event is wastage of resources.

The LC 3 chairman of Katikamu sub-county Sam Sserunjogi wonders how the district can delegate such responsibilities to lower units yet it’s aware of their financial constraints. Sserunjogi claims that he has spent over three months using personal money to carry out supervision of government programmes due to lack of funds and the sub-county cannot put funds into organizing events.

He asks the central government to always extend funds to districts for such important events because its aware how they have meagre resources rather than spending it on one national event which is attended by few Ugandans.

The chairperson of Kamira sub-county Livingstone Kategeya says currently the area is facing acute water shortage due to rampant breakdown of boreholes and cannot allow diversion of funds for organizing and transportation of people to attend a merry making function. Kategeya says that the councillors and local leaders have resolved not to contribute and attend.

Samuel Ssewanyana, a resident of Luweero town council, says the district has been aware of the event for all year and wonders how it can fail to raise such little money for the event.

Joan Namutebi believes that the function is wastage of funds that could be utilized to improve health services to ensure safe motherhood and asked the district to suspend the function. Namutebi wants the funds to be given to Kasana Health Center IV which she claims lack beds for pregnant mothers.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.