Revived Baraza Meetings Excite Kabarole Residents

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Every Monday, the residents converge at the sub county headquarters and put local leaders and public servants to task over the funds they receive and failure to implement government programmes in key areas of education, health, roads and works, agriculture, and water and sanitation.

The revival of the Baraza Programme has excited residents in Kabarole district. 

Last year, the government re-launched the programme which acts as a forum where members of the community converge to hold the government to account for the resources spent on public programmes in their areas. 

Since the revival, residents in Rwimi, Kichwamba, Karambi and Busoro sub counties have embraced the programme. 

Already, several members of the community have expressed excitement at the initiative, which they say empowers them to demand accountability from the government workers, something that was previously difficult to achieve.

Every Monday, the residents converge at the sub county headquarters and put local leaders and public servants to task over the funds they receive and failure to implement government programmes in key areas of education, health, roads and works, agriculture, and water and sanitation.

Resty Muhumuza, a resident of Rwimi town council says that through the programme, she has been able to understand the criteria of benefiting from the Operation Wealth Creation and youth livelihood fund.
 
She says that in the past, he thought the programme was meant for only the privileged. 

Vincent Kisembo, a resident of Karambi Sub County says the initiative is so far a success since the ordinary person has an opportunity to monitor and demand accountability of the use of public resources at local government level.

He adds that through the Baraza, he is also able to approach specific officials for specific concerns.

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Charles Muhenda, a member of the Baraza Steering Committee of Mugusu Sub County, says the programme has helped streamline some of the irregularities such as supervision that had affected the development of the sub county.

Muhenda also says that the lack of a forum where leaders and citizens came together had created an atmosphere where leaders were detached from the electorate. He adds that leaders hardly returned to their electorate after elections.

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Steven Asiimwe, the Kabarole Resident District Commissioner, says that all heads of departments and leaders in their areas have been directed to publicly display the details of all government projects and funds to enable the community to ably understand government programmes. 

The government argues that the Barazas will improve feedback and follow-up actions as well as a clear action plan on priority areas in terms of implementation, delivery and empowerment of communities to hold their leaders accountable.
 
 

 

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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.

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