Ruyonga, who had held the same office for 15 years, had lost to Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga, an Independent candidate in the 2016 general elections. His loss then, despite being the NRM flag bearer, was attributed to the several controversies that surrounded his leadership and the clashes with councillors which forced him to snub council sessions for close to two years.
The Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) was introduced as a pilot project in 2010 under the Expanding Social Protection (ESP) the programme, specifically targeting labour-constrained individuals and households. Each beneficiary receives a monthly stipend of 25,000 Shillings.
The Kabarole NRM Youth Chairperson, who also doubles at the Speaker Fort Portal Municipality, Gilbert Kayondo, has described Turyaheebwa’s statement as reckless only meant to undermine their hard work. He wants him to apologize.
According to the District Health Officer - DHO, Dr Solomon Asiimwe, the district has a high teenage pregnancy rate of 25.6 per cent and a fertility rate of 7.8 per cent which is way above the national fertility rate of 5.4 per cent.