The Mukakati Forward operating Base lies in the middle of Ituri Forest which is 18km from the Uganda-DRC Border at Busunga. The road had hindered the UPDF ground offensive against Allied Democratic Force-ADF rebels. The road construction work is jointly done by UPDF and FARDC Engineers.
Joel Bwambale, the LC V Vice Chairperson of Bundibugyo District, says that he received communication from the Local Government Ministry directing the CAO to terminate the services of volunteers to avoid legal petitions during the recruitment processes.
According to Rev Chris Babiha, the over 600 residents had their land taken by Uganda National Roads Authority UNRA for the construction of the road while others lost properties worth millions of money, but have since never been compensated.
The hospital, constructed in 1969, now accommodates more than 90 patients in its pediatric section, almost four times the capacity estimated at the time of its construction. There are more than 300 patients for a facility which was constructed to accommodate 104 patients at any given time.
Methodius Balyesiima, the General Manager Semulike Cooperative Union, which unites farmers involved in Cocoa business, says on average the district earns over Shillings 200 billion from cocoa alone annually.
The outcry comes days after a report by the District Public Accounts Committee which indicated that some civil servants have absconded from duty for more than two months yet they are still receiving salaries.
President Museveni endorsed the creation of the district while campaigning at Burambagira Primary School, Bughendera County in Bundibugyo district last year. He however did not mention when the district status would be granted.