STATE OF THE DISTRICT AFFAIRS REPORT FY 2018/2019
Over the years, Kasese has registered tremendous developments in areas of education, health, production, water provision, road network, urban and rural electrification, trade and commerce, power generation, mineral extraction, tourism, urbanization, entertainment industry, faith growth and development etc. The leaders and the entire people of Kasese deserve special recognition.
I take the opportunity to appreciate Council and the technical team for working within the five-year development plan, the Capacity Building Plan and the budget Framework Paper approved for the Financial Year 2018/2019.
The commendable implementation of activities as depicted in this state of affairs of the district is indicative of the cooperation and harmony of the politicians, civil servants of this district and the Kasese district community at large.
Hon Speaker, the financial year 2017/2018, has been another period of successes. But allow me to summarize the Plans and successes for FYs 2018/19 and 2017/18 respectively and ask this honourable Council to refer to the annexes for related details. Some of these successes are especially in the key strategic areas of Finance, Education and Sports, Health, Works, Production and Marketing, Natural resources and Community Based Services
REVENUE PERFROMANCE AND PLANS FY 2017/18 and 2018/19
REVENUE PLAN FOR 2018/19
A total of shs. 68,900,555,000 has been projected as total revenue for the FY 2018/19 compared to shs. 59,504,493,000 for the financial year 2017/2018.
- FINANCE : The table below shows our Approved budget for 2018/19 and the revenue performance in the FY 2017/2018 as at end of June 2018
Overall revenue performance in the FY 2017/18 against approved for FY 2018/19
|Uganda Shillings Thousands
||Current Budget Performance
|Approved Budget for FY 2017/18
||Cumulative Receipts by of the FY 2017/18
||Approved Budget for FY 2018/19
|Locally Raised Revenues
|Discretionary Government Transfers
|Conditional Government Transfers
|Other Government Transfers
Revenue performance per sector against the budget in the previous FY
Uganda Shillings Thousands
||Approved Budget for FY 2017/18
||Cumulative Receipts by End of FY 2017/18
||Approved Budget for FY 2018/19
|Production and Marketing
|Roads and Engineering
|Community Based Services
| Non-Wage Recurrent:
| Domestic Devt:
| Donor Devt:
Budget comparison in the FY 2018/19 against last year’s budget per sector
|Uganda Shillings Thousands
||Approved Budget for FY 2017/18
||Approved Budget for FY 2018/19
|Production and Marketing
|Roads and Engineering
|Community Based Services
| Non-Wage Reccurent:
| Domestic Devt:
| Donor Devt:
With these funds, we have been able to deliver the following services:
2.0 EDUCATION AND SPORTS: we have registered a number of successes in the Education Sector including:
- Constructed phase one of Nyakatonzi Seed SS in Nyakatonzi Sub County which included one Administration Block, four classrooms, a two twin multi-purpose science laboratory, a two twin staff toilet, a five stance toilet for boys and a five stance toilet for girls,
- Constructed two classrooms at each of the primary schools of Bughendero in Buhuhira, Kihyo in Buhuhira, Kiraro in Kitholhu, St. Kizito in Karambi, Mbunga in Kilembe and Buhunga in Maliba Sub County;
- Constructed one 5- stance latrine at Kahendero P/S in Muhokya Sub County;
- Completed phase one for completion of 3 classrooms at Kajwenge P/S in Kisinga;
- Constructed a staff house at Kibalya P/S in Mahango Sub County;
- Paid salaries for all teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary levels
- Undertook monitoring and supervision of primary schools across the district
- Transferred all funds under UPE and USE to beneficiary schools across the district
- Procured and supplied 72-3seater wooden single reading tables to the primary schools of Kirabaho Moslem in Kyabarungira Sub County and Bugoye P/S in Bugoye Sub County.
3.0 HEALTH SECTOR: Despite other Implementation challenges, we have managed to construct:
- One staff house constructed at Kahokya HC II in L. Katwe Sub County
- One emergency relief cholera shelter constructed at Bwera Hospital in Mpondwe Lhubiriha TC;
- One maternity ward completed, one VIP latrine and placenta pit constructed at Nyamirami HC IV in Muhokya Sub County;
- Delivered the minimum health care package to wanainchi which includes routine immunization, drug deliveries and recruitment of basic staff for health facilities.
4.0 WORKS: Under Uganda Road Fund, the district has managed to complete the following projects during the period under review:
- Completed the construction of phase 1 of the district administration block at the headquarters;
- Periodic maintenance: graveling Kajwenge-Kanyughunya-Kamuruli road 6.6km in Kisinga Sub County;
- Periodic maintenance: gravelling Kyondo-Ibimbo road 8km in Kyondo Sub County;
- Periodic maintenance: gravelling Karambi-Customs road 4km in Karambi Sub County (on-going)
- Routine mechanized maintenance: Grading Maliba-Isule road 6.5km in Maliba Sub County;
- Completed phase one for the construction of Kyoho bridge in Bwesumbu Sub County;
- Maintained the district road unit consisting of 2 graders, one water bowuzers, 3 dumb trucks, 2 vibral rollers and 2 wheel loaders at the headquarters
- A total of 144.5km of urban roads were maintained in the 6 urban councils of Katwe Kabatoro, Mpondwe Lhubiriha, Kinyamaseke, Kisinga, Rugendabara-Kikongo and Hima Town Councils;
- A total of 245.8km of community access roads were maintained in the 24 rural sub counties across the district.
- 9km of feeder roads were maintained using labor based road gangs across the district;
5.0 WATER: I am happy to report to you Mr. Speaker and Honorable Councillors that we continue to prioritize the provision of water across the district. During the FY 2017/18, we implemented a number of water projects including:
- Undertaking feasibility studies and design for Kaswa GFS in Bwesumbnu Sub County
- Construction of phase one of Ibuga-Bigando Solar Powered Water Supply System in Kitswamba Sub County;
- Rehabilitation of Muroho gravity flow scheme in Kitholhu Sub County;
- Rehabilitation of Nyabisusi Solar Powered Water supply system in Maliba Sub County
- Rehabilitation of Kalamya Solar Powered water supply system in Lake Katwe Sub County;
- One office vehicle repaired and serviced at the head quarters
- Rehabilitation of 10 boreholes Sub Counties of Karusandara, Kitswamba,, Munkunyu, Nyakiyumbu, and Nyakatonzi;
- Completed the last phase of the 8km Mini Irrigatiobn Scheme in Katsungiro in Munkunyu Sub County;
- Started on the first phase of the Mini Irrigation Scheme for Katholhu in Nyakiyumbu Sub County;
6.0 PRODUCTION AND MARKETING: The sector is central to the achievement of the medium target of a lower middle income status by 2020 and the Uganda Vision 2040.
The major thrust of the government reduction of poverty campaign rotates around the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) Programme which performed thus:
- 1,746kgs of cassava graters were supplied to farmers across the district;
- Established apple trials in 5 Sub counties, which are doing well showing that we can produce apple fruits in Kasese. In addition, 186,435 and 390,000 seedlings of mangoes and apples were supplied to organized farmers across the District
- For food security and wealth creation, we have so far supplied maize seed, bean seed,, tissue culture bananas, mango seedlings, and orange seedlings
- 35,400Kgs of Maize seedlings have been supplied to organized farmers across the district
- 10,568,000 coffee seedlings and 970,000 of cocoa seedlings were also supplied to all organized farmers across the District
- 35,400kgs of beans were given to farmers across the district
- 174,684 orange seedlings and 28,360 seedlings of passion fruits were also given to farmers
- 8,400 Chicks and chick feeds (20,160 Kgs starter and 16,500 Kgs growers mash) were supplied to different farmers across the district
- 59,640 fish fry and 3,829 Kgs of fish feeds were supplied to various fish farmers across the district
- 250 Pigs were also given to farmers across the district
- Inadequate inputs in relation to farmers expectations especially for cocoa and apple seedlings
- Lack of transport means and fuel for on spot and sustainable supervision to enable timely coordination with other stake holders especially for the OWC commanders.
- Farmers’ slow learning and adaption levels (farming not yet taken as a business). Farmers’ mind-set is still based on subsistence farming not focused on good agronomic practices
- Failure of the youth to engage in agricultural production
- Terrain- hilly and hard to reach areas
- Lack of facilitation for extension officers
- Prolonged dry spells and unreliable rain patterns
Under Livestock health and Marketing
- 15 boran bulls were procured and supplied to cattle farmers in cooperatives
- 2,000 one day old chicks were delivered to the beneficiaries
Under Fisheries regulation
- 2 tank fish farming demonstrations were established in Kyondo and Kisinga sub counties
- 50,000 Fish fry procured and supplied to farmers in the sub counties Kilembe, Maliba, Bugoye and Kisinga
- One fibre glass boat repaired at Katunguru landing site
- 4 water pumps and their fittings were procured and supplied to farmers in promotion of small scale irrigation through water harvesting
- 10 sites for soil and water conservation demonstrations have been identified in the sub counties of Kilemeb, Kyarumba, Bwesumbu, Kitholhu, Ihandiro, Mahango, Rukoki and Buhuhira
- Completed the last phase for the construction of the 8km Mini Irrigation Scheme at Katsungiro in Munkunyu Sub County;
- Completed the construction of the first phase of a mini irrigation Scheme at Katholhu in Nyakiyumbu Sub County;
- The sector continues to implement the Uganda Multi Sectoral Nutritional Programme in partnership with primary schools across the district with the objective of improving the nutrition status of children and for learning purposes;
7.0 NATURAL RESOURCES
Tree cover increase
- With support from the Ministry of Water and Environment, the district tree nursery and community tree nurseries the district has supported establishment of 45 ha of trees on bare hills and watersheds in the villages of Ihani, Kikokera, Bunyangoni and Rwakingi in Maliba and Bugoye sub counties and other areas across the district.
- 48kms of CAAIP roads have been planted with 12,000 tree seedlings and this will help secure the road reserve. The trees are both indigenous and exotic, agro forestry and commercial hence will contribute to conservation and income generation.
- The district has surveyed Nyabirongo Local Forest Reserve in Kisinga Town Council and Kiburara land in Kisinga Sub County. Forestry extension services to private tree farmers is ongoing.
- In collaboration with UMEME and Kilembe Investment Limited a total of 28,650 households (21%) have access to grid electricity
- In collaboration with WWF Uganda Country Office and Kiima Foods solar based rural electrification has increased to 7% (10,100 households) with access to solar lanterns and solar home systems for lighting
- In collaboration with WWF Uganda Country Office and Kiima Foods, 30% (37,500 households) access and utilize Improved cook stoves
- Community environment awareness meetings and radio talk shows have been held to increase environmental awareness across the district.
Security of land tenure
- The district has supported Wanainchi in land registration. A total of 150 Certificates of Customary Ownership were issued across the district during the past year.
- The district has a functional physical planning committee which ensures orderly physical planning including avoiding issuance of titles in gazetted and/or public lands.
8.0 COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES
Children & Youth Services
- 612 youths across the district trained in enterprise management
- 114 youth groups across the district supported with Youth Livelihood funds
- More than 150 self-help-groups have been supported with various livelihoods interventions. These included youth under the Youth Livelihood Funds in income-generating activities, elderly and groups of PWDS
Gender Mainstreaming- Women empowerment Program
- 135 Leaders of all LLGs sensitized about the Uganda Women entrepreneurship program at the district Headquarters
- 29 LLGs have been supported with funds for desk and filed appraisal of UWEP applications
- 64 women groups in all 29 LLGs were due for support by end of June in the FY 2017/18
Support to Disabled and Elderly
- 24 PWDs groups across the district have been supported with Funds for medical rehabilitation
- 4 PWDS groups supported with funds to start Income Generating activities (IGA)
- 1200 FAL learners in the LLGs of Kitholhu, Karambi, Isango, Mpondwe-Lhubiriha, Bwera, Ihandiro, Katwe-Kabatooro, Nyakiyumbu, Munkunyu, Kisinag, Kyondo, Kyarumba, L. Katwe, Muhokya have been trained
A total number of 88 individuals were recruited by end of June 2018, these included among key sectors;
From July 2017 to date, the district recruited 19 Health workers- 13 mid wives, 4 medical social workers on Baylor contract, 1 anesthetic officer and one nutritionist
Under Production and Marketing; 21 Agricultural extension staff have been recruited these included among others; 13 agric. officers, 7 veterinary Assistants and one fisheries Officer.
Under Tradition Service: 26 Traditional Civil servants have been recruited which include among others; Town clerks, town agents and law enforcement officers for the newly created Town councils, 1 physical planner,1 Human resource officer, 1 records officer, 1 borehole attendant, 2 Askaris and 16 parish chiefs
Under Education; 22 primary teachers were also recruited to fill vacant position
10.1: PROMOTION OF STAFF IN SERVICE
A total number of 44 staff were also promoted to different positions depending of their levels of experience and qualifications in the FY 2017/18, these included;
One Senior Procurement Officer, One Senior Human Resource Officer, One Senior Inspector of Schools, One Senior Education Officer, a Principal Veterinary Officer, 2 parish chiefs, 2 asst. records officers, 2 Senior Commercial Officers, a District Internal Auditor, one Principal Commercial Officer, 2 Senior Treasurers, 2 nursing officers, 2 Asst. Veterinary Officers, 3 Senior Community Development Officers, a Sec. land board, 1 Senior Health Inspector, One Principal Asst. Sec, One Senior Agric. Officer, 7 enrolled nurses, 3 Clinical Officers, 4 Lab Technicians, 2 Lab Assistants, One cold chain technician and One Human Resource Officer
PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR FY 2018/19
The following are some of the projects we plan to undertake this FY 2018/19
Under the Education Sector:
- One four wheel double cabin pick up to be procured for the department to enhance the education monitoring and supervision mandate across the district;
- Construction of a 4- twin staff house at Mbata P/S in Bwesumbu Sub County;
- Construction of two classrooms at each of the primary schools of Kyamuduma in Mahango, Nyisango in Bugoye,
- 3 classrooms at Kajwenge completeion in Kisinga
- 4 classrooms at Mirami in Karambi Sub County;
- 144 dual desks to the primary schools of Katebe and Kamabwe in Maliba, Kanyughunyu in Kisinga, Buhathiro in Ihandiro Sub County and Kibuga in Karusandara Sub County
- Construction of phase two of Nyakatonzi Seed Secondary school in Nyakatonzi Sub County to include a library, an ICT laboratory, electricity connections, a staff house for head teacher and deputy, 2 unit teachers houses, 2 unit external kitchen, furniture for the multi-purpose science laboratory, furniture for administration, furniture for library, furniture for ICT laboratory, a water harvest system and estbalishemnt playground;
- Construction of phase one of Isango Seed Secondary School in Isango sub county to include four classrooms with furniture;
- Five stance latrines at Karusandara SDA in Karusandara, Ngome in Kyondo, St. Aloysious Isango in Isango
Roads and Engineering: using funds from the Uganda Road Fund, the district will undertake the following projects:
- Periodic maintenance: Completion for gravelling Karambi-Customs road 4km in Karambi Sub County;
- Periodic maintenance: Gravelling Maliba-Kihyo-Kitswamba road 8km in Maliba Sub County;
- Periodic maintenance: Gravelling Kinyamaseke-Muruti road 11.5km in Munkunyu and Nyakatonzi Sub Counties;
- Periodic maintenance: Gravelling Maliba-Isule road 6km in Maliba Sub County;
- Routine mechanized: Grading Kihara-Kapoko road 2.8km in Rukoki Sub County;
- Routine mechanized: Grading Muhokya-Kahendero road 2.8km in Muhokya Sub County;
- Routine mechanized: Grading Kyarumba-Kitabona road 5.1km in Kyarumba Sub County;
- Construct 2nd phase for the construction of Kyoho bridge on Bwesumbu Sub County;
- Construct one Arch bridge at Rutokye Mini Irrigation Scheme in Muhokya Sub County;
- Construct 2nd phase of the District Administration Block at the district headquarters;
- Labor based road maintenance: maintain 309.9km of feeder roads across the district
- A total of 150.5km of urban roads maintained in the 6 urban councils of Kinyamaseke, Mpondwe Lhubiriha, Kisinga, Rugendabara-Kikongo, Katwe Kabatoro and Hima. The 3 new town councils of Kyarumba, Mubuku and Ibanda-Kyanya have not yet received IPFs for the FY 2018/19.
- A total of 312 km of community access roads in rural sub counties to be maintained across the district
- Maintain the district road unit comprising graders, rollers, vibrators, dumb trucks etc
Water Sector. Mr. Speaker and Honorable Councilors, the district under take the following projects in the Water Sector.
- Repair 20 non function boreholes in the sub counties of Kitswamba, Karusandara, Maliba, Bugoye, Rukoki, L. Katwe, Munkunyu and Nyakatonzi using water grant and donor funds;
- Construction of Nyamusule-Mbulamasi- Rwebitooke Gravity Flow Scheme in Mahango and Muhokya Sub Counties;
- Construction of phase one of Kyamiza gravity flow scheme in Muhokya Sub County;
- Construction of phase one of Kaswa Gravity Flow Scheme in Bwesumbu Sub County;
- Construction of Mbunga – Nyakazinga Mini Gravity Flow Scheme in Kilembe Sub County;
- Construction of phase 2 of Ibuga- Bigando Solar Powered Water supply system in Kitswamba Sub County
- 22 villages across in the Sub Counties of Bwesumbu, Kitswamba, Mahango, Kilembe and Muhokya to be triggered on sanitation and hygiene;
- Nine water user committees to be formed and trained in the Sub Counties of Bwesumbu, Kitswamba, Mahango, Kilembe and Muhokya;
- Undertake support supervision for the second phase of the rehabilitation of Mubuku Irrigation Scheme in Nyamwamba Division Kasese Municipality;
Health: In line with the provision of a minimum health care package, the department will undertake the following projects during the FY 2018/19;
- Construction of a Maternity Ward, General Ward and a staff house at Nyakimasi HC II in Bwera Sub County;
- Construction of a General Ward, Maternity Ward and modification of an OPD at Kyempara HC II in Isango Sub County;
- Construction of a laundry shelter and pavement for the Maternity Ward at Nyamirami HC IV in Muhokya Sub County
- Renovation of DHO’s office and general health stores at the head quarters
You will note Mr. Speaker that Council had approved other health development projects in the Sub Counties of Kyraumba, Bugoye, Kitswamba and Muhokya which are different from the. However the Ministry of Health is the only one according to the guidelines to approve capital projects for inclusion into the district health work plans. The district has already written to the Ministry of Health to enable the district harmonize and if possible include council priorities in future plans of the Ministry of Health.
Production and Marketing
- Construction of phase 2 of a mini irrigation scheme at Katholhu in Nyakiyumbu sub county
- Establish 2 tank fish farming demonstrations in the district
- 2 fish handling facilities to be rehabilitated in L. Katwe Sub County
- Establish 2 fish pond demonstrations in the district
- Establish 4 small scale irrigation demonstrations
- Establish 4 demonstrations on pasture management
11.0: CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES
The District Technical Planning Committee identified Poverty, Gender, Environment, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Disaster & Conflict and Energy as crosscutting issues during the development of the second five year development plan. In addition, high population growth, which stands at 2.45% was also noted an issue of great concern.
Adequate nutrition is an essential prerequisite for sustainable good health. Honorable members of this house, the critical role nutrition plays in health and development warrants greater commitment and investment in nutrition.
The biggest challenge of malnutrition in children 6-59 months is that of stunting. Based on WHO classification, the stunting prevalence in Kasese is critical at 49.6 percent children stunted; this is 16.6 percent points higher than national stunting average (33%). About 2.1 percent of the children aged below five years are wasted and 15.9 % are underweight. (Food and Nutrition Assessment Report 2013)
The change in climate has resulted into occurrence of so many hazards including floods, mad slides, and prolonged dry spell. The inclusion of disaster as a major cross cutting issue became more apparent in June 2013 after the district suffered worst aftermath in the wake of devastating floods and mudslides that ravaged across the district. The same scenario occurred again in May 2014 where most of the rivers-Nyamwamba, Nyamugasani burst their banks causing massive devastation to Kilembe Mining Valley and Kasese Town and its inhabitants. The floods resulted into the death of eight persons and displaced more than 3,000 persons, many of whom were then forced to live in camps, about 4 schools and connecting bridges were devastated which in turn disrupted the school learning program. However, rehabilitation of the affected centres and massive resettlement of the affected households have been done.
There has been an upwards trend in uptake of VCT services. Out of the nearly 70,000 people who tested for HIV between 2002/3 and 2007/8, more than 4,300 were positive. However, a decline in condoms dispensed was noted, from 384,480 in 2006 to 671,520 in 2007 but almost 500,000 in 2008. This decline in the number of condoms dispensed was due to media reports and campaigns against the Engabo brand which was the commonly dispensed brand in the district.
Of all the 1,549,920 condoms dispensed in the 2006-2008 period, Ngabo accounted for 79.1% whereas Lifeguard and the new generic foiled condoms accounted for 14.4% and 6.4 5% and respectively.
There is increased awareness to community HIV testing as shown in the jump from 14,602 in 2006 to around 30,000 in 2008. There was a significant reduction in the prevalence of HIV from 7.2% to 5.2% in the respective years. The increase in the number of clients tested was partly attributed to the increasing number of testing sites.
GENERAL OBSERVATIONS, RECOMMENDATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS
As I conclude, permit me to briefly analyse our key development challenges and accordingly propose mitigations:
1.High population growth rate (population explosion) of 2.45% resulting into land fragmentation, loss of soil fertility, reduced production potential in the district, frequent tribal conflicts, resource waste on settling land-related conflicts as families struggle to utilize the available limited land resources for livelihood.
This challenge calls for intensified sensitisation on soil and water conservation techniques such as terracing, mulching etc and preaching the ideals of co-existence, equity in resource distribution, fairness in job distribution etc.
2: Unpredictable weather patterns manifesting in prolonged droughts over the years in floods and land slides. This has periodically led to crop loss as farmers plan off season for failing to adequately plan their planting activities according to weather patterns.
As a mitigation, we are determined to providing water for production through mini irrigation schemes (e.g. (Muhokya, Kitholhu, Katsungiro and Karusandara under save the children) besides Mubuku Irrigation scheme and constructing valley dam systems (e.g. Nyakatonzi and Ibuga). Establishing green houses is mitigation against harsh weather. Mini irrigation schemes on our rivers besides (Muhokya, Kanyampara) and valley dams (Nyakatonzi and Ibuga) in addition to Mubuku Irrigation Scheme
- Also frustrating development are the thefts and hooliganism. Families continue to fail to
make decisions on income- generating ventures due to high levels of theft/ thuggery which
nvolve loss of livestock, crops and household property. I assure the population that our effort
to restore total security remain high on our agenda and appeal to all security organs to intensify
the hunt for such criminals.
- The question of unskilled labour can only be eliminated by skilling our population. It is
therefore imperative that we encourage our youth to take advantage of facilities like the Kasese
- There is need for the honourable house to take interest in the management of Mubuku
Irrigation Scheme. You are well aware that the Ministry of Agriculture authorized Kasese =
District Local Government to manage the scheme. Through a memorandum of understanding
with Abasaijja Kweyamba to manage the scheme. However, a lot of complaints continue to
arise out of the scheme. There is need to review the said M.O.U with the aim of streamlining
management or bring new players on board
6.Recently the board and management of the Coffee Development Authority visited the district. The major reason for the visit was to re-emphasize the position of the district and Rwenzori region at large with regard to quality of coffee production. I was assured of the support that UCDA would provide to our farmers in case they established farmer groups in form of cooperatives. I am therefore proposing that just like the Grain and Vanilla ordinance that this honorable council be enacted by the council. There is need to enact an ordinance relating to coffee so that as a district we can close the existing gaps in our motherland to streamline the growing, harvesting, processing and trade in coffee. In the same way the Vanilla and Grain ordinance have been processed by the Ministry and are waiting enacting so that they can become operational.
7.I recently represented the Uganda Local Governments Association (ULGA) before the parliamentary committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism that is currently handling the Uganda Wildlife Bill 2017. As council, we had proposed to petition parliament to quicken the passing of the bill. I am happy to report therefore that the process is already underway even before our petition was done. This bill is considering the introduction of compensation of farmers which has been one of the major challenges in Kasese District.
8.As a district we will need to intensify the fight against the so called Sanga meat. There is even extra need to intensify the fight in view of the outbreak of the rift valley fever that claimed one life in Kinyamaseke Town council and just less than a week ago five lives in Lyantonde district just a few kilometers from Nsanga where the meat comes from. I would like to commend the Regional Police Commander for his cooperation in the regard. However, let me castigate the officer in charge of Kikongoro Police pot who should really be of much assistance but has failed to do the needful. I would therefore propose that an ordinance be enacted to tackle this health problem.
9.The issue of greening Kasese remain a huge challenge. I have on several occasions encouraged our people to plant trees especially those with bare hills. I am proposing also that there may be need for an ordinance in this regard so that as a district we can fight the effects of climate change that are already hitting us hard.
10.I would like to call upon Kilembe Investments Limited to pull up their socks. I have received various complaints especially from the business community in Mpondwe- Lhubiriha Town Council and other areas under the charge of Kilembe Investments about the constant unannounced power outages. This is hampering business in these areas and therefore undermining the government policy of rural electrification which is aimed at improving income generation in rural areas. There is therefore need for this council to take keen interest in this matter and find a solution in case the problem persists
11.Land related conflicts continue to be a security threat in Kasese district. Recently I was informed about a group cattle keepers that allegedly left Nyakatonzi and other areas within the district with an aim of claiming land in the area of Kayanja in Kitswamba sub county. I had reported this matter to the Bamugemereire land commission that just like the cultivators, some cattle keepers were also not happy with the manner in which land was redistributed in this district. There are also complaints of grabbing land that was never even meant for redistribution in the areas of Rwehingo. The existence of court judgements has not assited the matter either. The issue of the Mubuku phase III land that is being irrigated by government and is claimed by Nyakatonzi Cooperative Society also remains unsolved. Honorable Speaker and members, these are issues that we must take keen interest into and propose tangible solutions including petitioning parliament to intervene in these matters.
12.There is an outbreak of Ebola in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. I would like to thank the Ministry of Health in particular that organized a quick response team in the neighboring areas of DRC including the mobilization of our partners such as Medecins sans frontiers, World Health Organization and Centre for Disease Control among other. Actually the Director of the Centre for Disease control was in Kasese district to look at our levels of preparedness. This was very key in our preparation and I would therefore call upon you to join this struggle to ensure that we risk to spreading in Uganda
In a bid to continue improving and perfecting service delivery to our people of this district, my political leadership and technical wing have put emphasis on Monitoring development/ capital projects across the district to assess and evaluate their performance visa versa quality service delivery
- Development in the district has also been possible because of the collaboration and partnership with our development partners. Their list is endless. We are extremely grateful to all of them
Once again, I warmly welcome you all to this Council, which marks the beginning of the fourth year of the implementation of our second 5 year District Development plan. The review of the DDP is around the corner and we must all prepare to participate in reviewing our strategic five year for improved service delivery in Kasese District.
For god and my country
Sibendire Bigogo Geoffrey
DISTRICT CHAIRMAN, KASESE