According to Butime, while the CAO is overall head of all administrative units in the district, he was shocked when people started reporting cases of financial mismanagement, increasing crime rate and poor road network directly to him.
During the hearing, Jackson Magezi, the chairperson LC 1 of Bwanika Village in Kichwamba Sub County told the Commissioners that following the memorandum of understanding that was signed between Ferdsult Engineering Company and Kabarole District local government, several fishermen have been assaulted by police and guards attached to Ferdsult.
Addressing the media on Saturday about the outcome of the meeting, Beatrice Kiraso, the former Woman MP Kabarole who chaired the meeting, said that the leaders agreed to keep both Kabarole and Fort Portal.
Five villages in Kichwamba Sub County in Kabarole district have gone four years without clean and safe water, despite funds allocated to the water sector. In the past three financial years, the district water department has been allocated between 950 million and 1.5 billion Shillings to improve water coverage through opening and renovating water sources.
Dunstan Balaba, the Kabarole Chief Administrative Officer admits the shortage but says the staff transfer is temporary. He explains that the staff will return when Bunyangabu recruits new staff next month.
Steven Ainganiza, the Kabarole District Information Officer, says the district has patterned with Rwenzori Information Centers Network RIC-NET and will next month set up an e-society resource center to replace the information centers.
Moses Ikagobya, the current vice chairperson Kabarole district and councillor representing Buheesi Sub County will contest against Peter Musinguzi, the Secretary Finance and Administration. Seventeen councillors in Bunyagabu will elect the interim chairperson. The guidelines for the election issued by the EC stipulate that the quorum at a meeting for election of an interim chairperson shall be two thirds of all the members of the Interim Council.
Bunyagabu District will comprise of seven sub counties and three town councils. They include of Rwimi, Kabonero, Kibiito, Kisomoro, Rubona, Buheesi and Katebwa sub counties. The town councils are Kyemukube, Rwimi and Kibiito. This leaves Kabarole with only two counties, Burahya and Fort Portal Municipality.
Ferdsult Engineering Services Limited, a company that signed a deal with Kabarole District Local Government to restock crater lakes in the area, has appealed against a court ruling cancelling the deal. Hours after the ruling on Wednesday, Owen Murangira and Geoffrey Kayanja, the lawyers representing Ferdsult filed an appeal at the Fort Portal High Court.
The MoU was challenged by a Fort Portal based human rights organization, Twerwaheno Listeners Club and six residents in areas surrounding crater lakes. They argued that they were not consulted during negotiations between the district and the firm and that the deal would deny them an opportunity to use the lakes.
On Monday, Justice Anthony Ojok Oyuko dismissed the application, saying it didnt have any merit. Justice Oyuko said it will be unfair to allow Ferdsult to carry out fishing and yet the injunction was for both parties.
The disease, caused by a worm which breeds in fast flowing water, causes skin rashes, intense itching, skin de-pigmentation and severe blindness. It was first reported in Kabarole district in 1991 and since then communities in the affected areas have been undergoing mass treatment.
In 2014, parliament approved the creation Bunyangabu district, curved out of present day Kabarole district. The new district will become operational in July 2017. Its creation leaves Kabarole with only two counties, Burahya and Fort Portal Municipality.
Richard Rwabuhinga, the Kabarole district LC5 chairperson says some of the teachers who abandoned duty stations have irregularly been maintained on the payroll. However, the institutions are now demanding that the district assumes the responsibility of clearing the debts as a guarantor.
In a letter written by Richard Rwabuhinga, he accuses Kaliba of feeding King Oyo with lies and creating a rift between the district leadership and the Kingdom. Rwabuhinga says that Kaliba misinformed the King and members of the Kingdom parliament, the Orukurato that the district council had passed a resolution banning people from singing the Kingdom anthem at functions and in schools until the kingdom remits the money.
In his response, Ochakara told the MPs that the district failed to recover the funds because some of the district staff who were given the funds died, retired, while others were transferred to other districts. Ochakara also stunned the committee when he said that he had proposed to the district council to waive repayment of the funds.
Beatrice Masika, a resident of Kiboha village in Buheesi Sub County says her husband was killed by ADF rebels when they attacked the village. Masika says that since then, life has been difficult because she has to look after four children and yet she lacks the resources.