Services Elude Residents In New Buhweju District

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In short
Buhweju residents say they are yet to see development that they were promised when the district was created three years ago.

Buhweju residents have said that they are yet to see development that they were promised when the district was created three years ago.
Buhweju was a county in Bushenyi District until July 2010 when it was elevated to district status with promises of bringing services closer to the people.
The new district comprising of 8 sub-counties and one town council has a population of 108,092 people.
Sam Rutashokwa, a resident of Nsiika town council says since Buhweju was created there have been no tangible benefits in terms of service delivery.
Rutashokwa, who is 70 years old, says when Buhweju got a district status they celebrated expecting to get clean water, Hydro electricity power extension, improved health services that would reach the local people, good roads,  and improved education standards, all of which have remained a dream.

He added that some districts were created only for some local leaders to get jobs for themselves and their people.
Deo Atuhaire, a vocal councilor representing Burere Sub County, asked the government to fulfill its promises on better health care at both health centre level and the district headquartres.

Atuhaire says the only Health Centre Four at Nsiika that serves as a district hospital has been operating without a doctor on staff for over 3 years. He said that even some of the workers at the health centre are affected by the poor working conditions including poor pay and lack of decent accommodation.
Atuhaire also says that the operating theatre has never been functional, a sign that the people of Buhweju have not benefited from the creation of the new district.
The district currently operates without a personnel officer, it needs a second Engineer and several gaps still exist in the health sector.
Another resident, Amos Muhwezi, explained that they have not benefited from the government programmes like NAADS as it is the case in the model Bushenyi district. He claims that such programs have only benefited some top government officials whom he refused to name.
Muhwezi says as tea farmers they were optimistic that the creation of the new district would help them get their own tea factory, improve on tea productivity and get ready market for their produce.
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 Eng. John Bosco Karisa Koweri, a successful farmer in Kyanshenyi village, Butare sub-county, asked mostly the educated youth to have love for their district and come back to invest in Buhweju after their education.
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Recently top Buhweju district leaders including Joy Karisa, the woman MP, disclosed that the district had failed to sustain itsself due to low revenue collection. The district chairperson Sebestiano Kerere noted that for over two years, they have failed to raise local revenue required for co-funding a number of projects.
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The district has been operating on a budget of seven billion shillings and less than one percent of this is generated locally.