Panic as Rubindi Sub County Offices Get Eviction Notice

Rubindi Sub county has three parishes of Kariro, Rwamubizi, Nyamiriro and collects approximately 10million Shillings annually. The leadership is looking for 31 Million Shillings to construct new Administrative block.

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Rubindi Sub County leaders in the Mbarara district are in panic after receiving notice of eviction from their free rented building.    

The Sub County office is currently housed in a building owned by Imuka Coffee Growers Cooperative Society which they have occupied for three years since the creation of the new Rubindi-Ruhumba Town council. After the creation of the Town Council it occupied the Headquarters of the Sub County.

The Sub County leadership agreed with the cooperative owners to occupy the building for two years without paying rent as they find new offices and after the expiry of the time will have to start paying.

The Sub County Chairperson John Bosco Bamuturaki says since the agreed time is ending, they have started a campaign to raise the much-needed money to construct their own offices on Kyemengo land that was previously owned by the Parish.

He says the creation of Rubindi-Ruhumba Town Council left them without offices and less local revenue.

He says Councilors have given in their small allowances towards the cause but much is still needed.

//Cue in: “egomborola yeitu nibagyeta… 

Cue out: …tugiire kaoffice akutwazamu.”//

Samuel Twinamatsiko, the Sub County Council Speaker says that they are looking for over 31 million shillings to construct the sub-County Offices.

He says they are planning to construct the main hall and two offices to accommodate the Sub County Chief and the Chairperson on a Plot size of 50* 100 feet.

Twinamatsiko says that every time they are to hold a council meeting they incur expenses of hiring a tent and seats because the building has no space to accommodate all councilors.

//Cue in: “nka itwe egomborola… 

Cue out: …omwanya gwe gomborola.”// 

Sebastian Mwebaze, councillor Nyamiriro Parish and secretary for Production, says they have started to put material like sand and bricks on the ground but because of funds, the construction has failed to take off.

Edward Kasagara, Mbarara District Chief Administrative Officer says they are aware of the issue and have started handling it.

Since the creation of new Administrative Units by the government some newly created Town councils are operating in either old dilapidated structures or under trees as they wait for startup capital funds. 

The Local Government Minister Raphael Magyezi in June 2020 said that all new Town Councils and Sub Counties that were left without offices will be given 90 million shillings to construct Administration Blocks.

When Contacted Minister Magyezi said the funds are in the pipeline and soon to be released.