The Chairperson Hakibaale Sub County, Kabarole District Mr. Edison Businge has indicated that he is going to work with the Burahya Member of Parliament Hon. Stephen Kagwera to lobby the government through the rural electrification programme to extend electricity to Kabende Trading Centre.
While discussing on the ‘Listeners Forum’ radio program on Better FM on 28th July, 2013, Businge said extending electricity to Kabende Trading centre will reduce poverty through creation of employment and value addition through the setting up of agro-processing industries since the trading centre hinterland is purely an agricultural economy with maize farming being the biggest activity.
|L-R: Kasweta, NAADS Coordinator and Chairperson|
This follows a request by Kasweta John to the Sub County chairperson to extend electricity to Kijenga and Kabende Sub Counties to improve the livelihoods of the local citizens through value addition to their agricultural products. Mr. Kasweta is the Chairperson of Hakibaale Citizens Forum for Better Service Delivery, a rural advocacy forum whose initiation was supported by Toro Development Network (ToroDev).
While discussing a topic, “State of Service delivery in Kabarole District; A case of Hakibaale Sub County” Mr. Businge also gave accountability to the electorates on his achievements in the two years he has spent in office.
“I lobbied Angels Haven Organisation to take its development programmes to Hakibaale Sub County. They have now helped the local people improve their incomes through giving them goats and training them in entrepreneurship.” Said Mr. Businge.
Mr. Businge adds, “I have constructed a laboratory at Kijura Health Centre III, constructed health centres in Kituule and Kahangi Sub Counties. I have also constructed Mirongo road, worked on a playground for Rusekere SS and Muhumbu road has already been budgeted for.”
Kasweta also requested the Sub County Chairperson to set up a health centre in Kiburara to improve access to health services to the surrounding communities. Kasweta also requested the Sub County Chairperson to improve performance in schools by ensuring the provision of appropriate infrastructures in schools like desks and classrooms.
“We need a secondary school to consume the big numbers of students who complete primary schools. The schools also need more teachers to ensure quality education.” Said Kasweta. Hakibaale Sub County has only one secondary school called Rusekere SS which can’t consume the number of students who complete primary school from the 16 primary schools in the sub county.
The Sub County NAADS coordinator, Tusiime James also gave accountability on the performance of the NAADS sector in Hakibaale Sub County, “NAADS has supported people sensitising them in modernising agriculture. Since 2010, we have supported farmers with seeds and improved breeds,” Said Mr. Tumusiime James.
“Between 2010-2011, we supported 500 farmers with 52 million shillings to buy improved seeds and animal breeds. Between 2011 – 2012, NAADS supported 110 farmers with 26 million shillings to buy improved seeds and animal breeds and between 2012 – 2013, we supported 16 farmers with 26 million shillings to buy improved seeds and animal breeds.” Said Tusiime James.
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