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Nakasongola District Staff Abandon Supervision of Gov't Projects

All other vehicles were written off and are rotting in the district compound affecting the functions of the Production Department, Health, Road and Engineering Departments, Community Based Services, the office of the Chief Administrative Officer and Resident District Commissioner, among others.
Some of the official district vehicles that have been grounded because they were written off.

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Heads of departments in Nakasongola District have abandoned the monitoring of government programs over lack of transport. The district has only two functional vehicles which are used by the district chairman Sam Kigula and the Education Department.

All other vehicles were written off and are rotting in the district compound affecting the functions of the Production Department, Health, Road and Engineering Departments, Community Based Services, the office of the Chief Administrative Officer and Resident District Commissioner, among others.

Nakasongola district Chief Administrative Officer Solomon Ssonko explains that the departmental heads are no longer able to monitor government programmes, supervise and offer technical services to junior staff over lack of transport to the field. He adds that even in lower units like health centres workers are unable to do outreaches over lack of transport.

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An officer from the Education Department told URN Reporter on condition of anonymity that they are overwhelmed by requests from other departments seeking to use their vehicle to handle emergencies. He says the numerous requests have made them equally ineffective.

Another department head says that many of them spend most of the time in offices rather than supervising and monitoring field activities. He added that the cost of hiring private vehicles is high and unaffordable for the district.

Nakasongola District Council Speaker Fredrick Lwanga says that although the district could have used local revenue to buy vehicles for critical sectors like health, it is struggling to raise enough revenues for its sustenance. Lwanga says that the outbreak of foot and mouth disease and operations against illegal fishing on Lake Kyoga have greatly affected revenue collection leaving the district with no funds.

Nelson Muruuli a pastoralist in Lwabyata Sub County says they yearning for services of Veterinary Officer to advise them on how to contain the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease but he can't visit them over lack of a vehicle.

Muruuli says that many head of cattle have died over lack of technical support from the office and this partly explains the prolonged quarantine in the district.

The district leaders led by Sam Kigula the Nakasongola District LCV Chairperson have appealed to Ministries to donate vehicles to the departments to enable them to execute their duties. 

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