Speaking at Bududa district headquarters after a three-day launching exercise, which ended on Monday morning, the Chief Administrative Officer, Joshua Mabiya, asked the contractors to stick to standard work and ensure value for money.
John Watyekele, the head of the department of the Information and Communication Technology at Bulucheke Secondary school, says that they only have seven computers against a population of over 300 students offering computer studies.
In 2020, the government allocated 2.1 Billion Shillings for the construction of the school. The money was meant to be used to construct six classroom blocks, 2 teachers’ houses, two latrines, a library, computer lab, laboratory, and playground.
Amina Wambewo, a mother, says that they were excited at the time the construction works started thinking that they would get better services. She, however, says that the status quo has remained almost two years after. She said they now move over 10 kilometers to Bududa hospital to seek for antenatal services.
Wilson Kabale, one of the butchers in Kuushu town council who was around at the time of constructing the slaughter slab, says that they want to pay the owner of the land hosting the slab Shillings 5000 for each animal slaughtered but he demanded Shillings 20,000, which they couldn’t afford.
In December, the Ministry of Education released 62 Billion Shillings as capitation grants for schools in the current financial year. The grant normally is used by schools to procure instructional materials, facilitate co-curricular activities, school management, and payment of utilities like electricity and water.
Martin Mutayi, a resident of Bundesi in Bududa district says that despite enrolling for the National ID he lacks time and transport to pick it since he comes from as far as Nametsi Parish. He says he walked 20km last time he wanted to pick his ID and arrived at the NIRA office around 5:30 pm when it was already closed.
The activities include construction of two classroom blocks at Bumayoka primary School, construction of staff quarters at Bukigai health center III, and construction of pupils' dormitory for children with disabilities at Manjiya primary school, in Bududa district.