Ntoroko Residents Demand Revival of Baraza Programme

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Vincent Kaguta, another resident says in 2013, the program had helped streamline irregularities that had affected the development of the sub county.

 Ntoroko residents are demanding for the revival of the Baraza programme.   Government introduced the Baraza programme in 2009 as a means of strengthening Governance and downward accountability within the Public Sector.

The Baraza creates a platform for the citizens to participate in the development cycle and demand for accountability of the use of public resources at local government level. However, the programme, which excited residents at its inception, is no more.

For more than two years, the residents have not had an opportunity to demand for accountability from local leaders and public servants. Fiona Mbabazi, a resident of Karugutu Sub County, says the program ensured that there is adequate space for the ordinary citizens to participate in monitoring of government services.

She however says that civil servants and the local leaders stopped attending the forums, which were being held twice each month. Mbabazi explains that residents are now ignorant about the funds that are sent to the sub county, which gives room for embezzlement. 

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Vincent Kaguta, another resident says in 2013, the program had helped streamline irregularities that had affected the development of the sub county. 

He explains that they have information that funds were released for the rehabilitation of the Itoojo-Rwemabale road, but no leader has come out to explain to the residents why the road remains in a bad state. 

He adds the leaders also miss the chance to correct the wrong impression residents have about some government programs.

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Barbara Kunihira, the coordinator of the Baraza programme in Karugutu Sub County, says the absence of a forum where leaders and citizens come together has resulted in the diversion of funds and increased cases of shoddy works.

Kunihira says that three classroom blocks at Rwebisengo Primary School were poorly constructed and the district authorities have remained silent on the matter. She adds that several calls by the parents for the authorities to intervene have proved futile.   

Charles Bakama, the deputy Chief Administrative Officer and coordinator of the Baraza says that the programme was affected by lack of funds to facilitate the meetings. He explains that the district requires funds to hire the meeting venue and do publicity.

Bakama adds that some political leaders shunned the meetings due to the campaigns.


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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.