LAbout 539.3 hectares of the total 1,012 hectares of wetland in Kwania is already encroached on by residents. The leaders are also accusing LCI Chairpersons of frustrating efforts in the fight against encroachment on wetlands.
Emyooga was launched in August 2019 by President Museveni to spur a shift from subsistence to market-oriented production. The government set aside 260 billion Shillings to bankroll the program with each constituency meant to receive 560 million shillings
Last month a circular from the Ministry of Finance was sent to Chief Administrative Officers across the country directing them not to include DDEG in their budget for the next financial year because the government is introducing the new Parish Development Model where funds will be sent directly to the parishes instead of sub-counties, effective July 1.
The Cooperative which deals in soya beans, maize, simsim and other cereal crops, plans to construct a store that will be used by the members to bulk their farm produce for sale, however the Coop does not have adequate resources to implement the plan.
The consignment is part of the 100 bags of beans, 200 bags of maize flour, 500 pieces of blankets and 300 pieces of tarpaulins that was sent to the district recently by the office of the prime Minister.
Basil Okello Onac, the Kwania District LC V Chairperson, says that the project hit a snag when the contractor ran short of funds and abandoned the site. He says the contract period has also elapsed, but they have granted the contractor’s request for an extension.
Geoffrey Eling Owera, the Finance Secretary attributes the budget shortfall to Covid-19 pandemic which affected local government revenue collections. Eling told council that the district only managed to raise 20% of planned local revenue in the last financial year which was interrupted by Covid-19.
The Aduku Town Council Vice Chairperson, Peter Otim, says that the influx of patients has exerted pressure on the facility leading to acute shortage of drugs. He is equally pushing for the upgrade of the said facility.
Not a single youth in Aduku Town Council has benefited from the fund, according to a report by the Aduku Town Council Gender and Community sector. The report indicates that most of the youths in the town council have shunned the program.
Thomas Samfan Omara, who is also a clinical officer attached to Aduku Health Center IV and his wife Hellen Auma, a midwife attached to Morning Side Medicine Clinic in Aduku Town Council, were remanded on Wednesday by Aduku Grade one Magistrate Molly Alice Adong.
Edward Eyak, the Kwania district Engineer, says the refurbishment of each health centre will cost 535 million Shillings. The funding is in addition to 1.2 billion Shillings that the district received early this year for upgrading Inomo HCII, Apire HCII and Chawente HCII.
In a letter dated January 8, 2021, and written by Daniel Odongo of Okwir and Company Advocates on behalf of Among Agnes and 130 others who are also claiming ownership of the land, Odongo accuses the Chairman Lango Cooperative Union Maxwell Akora Akora and others of causing the suffering of over 300 people of Angayiki.
The land measuring 1,165 hectares, an equivalent to 9 square kilometers is located at Angayiki village Chawente Sub County in Kwania District and plans are underway to lease it, in a five years contract that will see the investor develop it.
According to the report, 64 out of the 453 registered SACCOs in Uganda have collapsed while 312 are struggling due to fraud and poor governance among other challenges. Collins Agaba, the program Manager PROFIRA, says only 77 out the 453 Saccos they are supporting have not suffered any problem.