Rotten Rukiga district headquarters shock nation

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Rukiga district headquarters

It is the newest district but housed in the oldest, most dilapidated structures in Kigezi region.

Rukiga district was curved from Kabale district on 1st July 2017.

The Rukiga County Member of Parliament, Hon. Herbert Kabafunzaki, was the a chief guest on Monday at the launch and handover of Rukiga district at Mparo Playground in Rwamucucu sub county Rukiga district.

He told residents not to worry about the school-like building which is threatening to collapse anytime, saying government will provide at least Shs1bn to construct offices for the new district.

Observers said these are some of the consequences of people being ignorant of what it takes before requesting a district or its repercussion on the economy.

Parliament in 2015 approved the creation of 23 new districts in various parts of the country.

The new districts raised the number of legislators yet the Minister of Local Government, Hon. Adolf Mwesige, claimed it was necessary to create the districts “for effective administration of those areas and bring services closer to the people.”

He said that the creation had taken into account the means of communication, geographical features, destiny of the population, the economic viability and the wishes of the people concerned.

The districts created include: Kagadi, Kakumiro, Omoro and Rubanda – to become effective on July 1, 2016; Namisindwa, Pakwach, Butebo, Rukiga, Kyotera and Bunyangabu – to become effective on July 1, 2017.

Others are Nabilatuk, Bugweri, Kasanda, Kwania, Kapelebyong and Kikuube – to become effective on July 1, 2018; and Obongi, Kazo, Rwampara, Kitagwenda, Madi-Okollo, Karenga and Lusot – to become effective on July 1, 2019.

Yet with new districts comes issues of patronage, marginalisation and a strain on the meagre resources.

Rotten district offices

As we gathered for example, the new Rukiga district will be housed in a miserably old structure that has been serving as the headquarters of Mparo Sub County.

“That means, now Mparo has no headquarters. It will also be using that [structure] for its sittings,” a source on the ground told us.

The structure, built in the 1950’s lacks doors and windows, has cracks all over its walls, rotten roof and rusted iron sheets which could be blown off by the wind anytime.

According to Eddy Mugisha, the interim district vice chairman, all the six rooms in the building leak whenever it rains.

Geoffrey Byamugisha, the Rukiga district interim chairman elect, promised to do some renovations until new offices are built for the district.

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