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Residents Petition CAO Protesting Replacement of Health Center In-charge

Ntoroko Chief Administrative Officer, Anselm Kyaligonza told URN in an interview that transfers are normal and it's for the betterment of the facility. He explained that they have commenced investigations into the intentions of those involved in the petition.
The petition from the locals and Lc3 chairpersons (6)

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Residents of Rwebisengo town council led by their LC 3 chairpersons and the chairpersons of Rwebisengo, Kanara, and Bweramule sub-counties have petitioned Ntoroko district protesting the replacement of the in-charge of Rwebisengo Health Centre IV. 

The protest follows the decision by the Chief Administrative Officer to demote the health center in-charge Dr. Joshua Mugarra on the instructions of Dr. Richard Mugahi, the commissioner in charge of reproductive and Infant health in the ministry of Health.

On April 26th, 2022, the CAO issued a letter transferring Dr Sekanabo Nimron, a surgeon from Karugutu health Centre IV in Karugutu town council to Rwebisengo health Centre IV to replace Dr Mugarra. 

“Arising out of the need to strengthen effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery, it has been deemed necessary to assign you an in charge Rwebisengo health Centre IV along with your normal duties with immediate effect. By copy of this letter Dr Joshua Mugara should hand over office to Dr Nimrod Sekanabo and the office of the senior internal Auditor is asked to ensure the handover is effective,” the letter reads in part.   

The letter didn’t any reasons for the decision, which has not gone down well with the residents. They have since written to the CAO to rescind his decision on account that Dr. Joshua Mugarra was a dedicated medical officer who has transformed the health center. 

“We have been informed of the de-assignment of Dr Mugarra from leadership duties of Rwebisengo health Centre IV, for reasons best known to the appointing authority. To our dismay, this has come in the middle of his effort in heading the Twejanjabe campaign, to whom we have already trusted with our resources to improve the overall health care in the town council,” the petition reads in part.   

However, Ntoroko Chief Administrative Officer, Anselm Kyaligonza told URN in an interview that transfers are normal and it's for the betterment of the facility. He explained that they have commenced investigations into the intentions of those involved in the petition. 

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Williams Kasoro, the Ntoroko LC V Chairperson, said that a section of individuals mobilized the local population to participate in demonstrations without explaining why the facility got a new in charge. Kasoro says Rwebisengo Health Centre IV was operating without a theatre, which has been established and necessitated the appointment of Dr Sekanabo who is a surgeon to be a team leader at the facility to amplify service delivery.

“I’m one of the most highly objective leaders in this country and I don’t want to be associated with this confusion, the commissioner wanted to help this facility with one of the best surgeons in the region but because these people want to front a tribal cause they want to fail it we shall not allow that,” Kasoro stated.

Kasoro says the matter is technical in nature and people should stop engaging the population in what he termed as cheap popularity.

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