Poor Roads, Land Amendment Dominate Bishop Tamale's Anniversary Event

2547 Views Masaka, Uganda

In short
Bishop Henry Tamale Katumba of West Buganda Diocese on Sunday said the poor state of roads in the area has made difficult for him to do his work. While addressing the gathering at St Paul Cathedral Kako in Masaka district, Bishop Tamale asked Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to deliver the message to Uganda National Roads Authority UNRA

Bishop Henry Tamale Katumba of West Buganda Diocese on Sunday said the poor state of roads in the area has made difficult for him to do his work.
 
While addressing the gathering at St Paul Cathedral Kako in Masaka district, Bishop Tamale asked Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to deliver the message to Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA)
 
"Hon Prime Minister, the poor state of these roads has made me sick. I have been sick for the last couple of days. Even now am unwell because the potholes have really affected my movement and, therefore, my life," Bishop Tamale said attracting applause from the congregation.
 
Dr Rugunda was the chief guest.
 
What was meant to be an episcopal celebration for Katumba's one year in office as bishop turned political, with Bukoto East MP Florence Namayanja talking about the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017 and the closure of landing sites around Lake Victoria.
 
Hundreds of Christians joined Bishop Tamale at St Paul Cathedral Kako in Masaka district on Sunday to celebrate one year of his episcopate. The celebrations also attracted members of parliament, district chairpersons, traditional leaders and businessmen from the eight districts that form West Buganda Diocese.
 
In his message, Bishop Tamale decried the poor state of roads in West Buganda, saying they have affected his outreach activities. He cited Nyendo-Bukakata road whose construction has been pending for the last 15 years.
 
MP Namayanja asked the prime minister to stop the ongoing operations against illegal fishing, saying those manning the programme are brutal. "I know illegal fishing is bad but even those implementing the operations have become criminals. They beat up people, torture them and even close their landing site. We ask Government to stop these operations," Namayanja said.
 
She also asked government through the prime minister to drop the controversial Constitutional Amendment bill 2017, which seeks to provide for the compulsory land acquisition for government projects, saying it is poisonous.
 
In his response, Rugunda focused on the illegal fishing saying that if the officials carrying out operations against the vice are abusing their power, they will be dealt with.
 
"Government introduced this operation to curb depletion of Fish from Lake Victoria. There was a public outcry from stakeholders forcing Government to approve the use of UPDF soldiers to save Lake Victoria. But if those undertaking the operations are mismanaging their mandate, then we shall review it," he said.
 
He also disclosed that the plans to construct Nyendo-Bukakata road are in high gear. He explained that Government has already secured funds from Arab Development Bank to finance the construction.
 
"I assure you plans are in high gear for the construction of this road but there are some negotiations going on. In a very short time," he said. During the celebrations, Bishop Tamale also launched a fundraising drive for the construction of the stalled Church Plaza on plot 17 Edward Avenue in Masaka town.
 
He said the diocese needs Shillings 500million to complete the first floor so that they can start using it. At least Shillings 19 million was raised in cash and another Shillings 50 million in pledges.

 

About the author

Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.