The construction of headquarters for Rwenzori Civilian Veterans in Kibiito Town Council, Bunyangabu district, has stalled over lack of funds.
According to the chairperson of Bunyangabu District Veterans Association, Fenehansi Bwambale, in 2016 they resolved to build a three-storey building at 1.9 billion shillings.
The building would also be rented out and generate income for the veterans.
He says that the idea was welcomed by veterans in the districts of Kabarole, Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa, Kamwenge, Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko, who agreed to contribute 100, 000 shillings each towards the cause.
Bwembale, however, says that due to delays to receive their gratuity, they have failed to raise the money.
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Bwambale says that out of the estimated 17,000 veterans in the Rwenzori region, only 350 have contributed money which was used to draw the architectural designs and build the foundation.
He wants the government to help them the veteran with funding which will enable them complete construction of the building. Bwembale says that it is embarrassing that veterans in the region are living in deplorable conditions yet they played a big role in the liberation struggle.
Currently, the veterans are operating from a temporary wooden office that is adjacent to the headquarters. Both structures are located on a piece of land measuring about one acre which was given to them by Tooro Kingdom.