New Sub County Struggles to Provide Basic Services

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In short
In 2014, the area was curved out of Hapunyo Sub County, following a resolution by the district council. Councilors who pushed for the creation of the administrative unit argued that the split would take services closer to the people.

Kigambo Sub County in Kyegegwa district is struggling to provide basic services to residents due to inadequate funding.

In 2014, the area was curved out of Hapunyo Sub County, following a resolution by the district council. Councilors who pushed for the creation of the administrative unit argued that the split would take services closer to the people.

However, two years later, residents of the administrative unit located in Kyaka County, say that their lives were better under the previous administration. They have no water services, Education is poor, and the roads are in a sorry state while rehabilitation of the only health center III has stalled due to lack of funds. 

Bernard Musana, a resident of Kigambo parish says that service delivery has worsened since the elevation. Musana explains that community roads in the area have deteriorated, which has affected the transportation of agriculture produce to the markets.
 
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Records from the Sub County headquarters indicate that Kigambo has only received 550 Million Shillings from the district for operations since its inception.
 
Benjamin Mugusu, the district councilor for Kigambo Sub County says that from 2014 to date, at least twenty planned projects have stalled. Some of the projects include construction of classroom blocks at Kigambo and Nkwera Primary Schools.
 
He adds that they have lost hope after being neglected by district authorities and central government.
 
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George Amanyire, another resident says they had high hopes that health services would improve in the area but it has deteriorated further. He notes that health facilities like Kisasara health centre II is operating in poor conditions.
 
Amanyire adds that the district council shouldn't have rushed to create the Sub County when they don't have funds for operations.

However, Michael Baguma, the deputy Chief Administrative Officer in-charge at Kyaka County says that the Sub County should in the meantime utilize the local revenue to carry out operations as the district solicits for more funds.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.