The construction works which started in July last year are estimated to cost 4billion shillings up to completion but had since stalled following lack of funds.
Second Phase construcion resumes
The Ministry of Finance has given Bududa District Local Government 200
million Shillings support to continue with construction of their administration block
which had stalled for over five months due to lack of funds.
Bududa district started construction of a new administration block
after the district authorities cited a challenge of limited office and working space
which has forced some departmental heads and workers to operate from outside
the district headquarters.
Bududa district headquarters are under the old building of Manjiya
To address the challenge, the district allocated 300
million Shillings which they collected from local revenue to cater for the foundation of the
administration block which will have three stories.
The construction works which started in July last year are
estimated to cost 4billion shillings up to completion but had since stalled following lack of funds to support
Bududa district Local revenue has dropped after the
creation of five new town councils of Bududa, Nangako, Bushigai, Kikholo and
Kuushu which are semi autonomous in operation.
This meant that the money from some of the main markets like
Bukigai in Bushigai Town Council and Bushika in Nangako Town council which
would give Bududa over 100million annually and would equally help in supporting construction of the administration block were cut off.
Bududa now collects less than 100 million Shillings in local revenue since the 2017/18 financial year after operationalization of most town councils as compared to
earlier years when they used to collect much more.
Samson Natsambwa the Bududa districtDeputy Chief Administrative Officer appealed to other donor communities
to contribute to the construction of the block. He said they are still relying
on local revenue which may take them longer to have the block completed.
Issa Bukoma, the Bududa district engineer hailed the ministry for
the support saying the money shall take them another mile to the second phase
and they will reach the level of casting a slab. He also asked other well-wishers, mostly politicians, to lobby for more funds from other sources so that they can
complete the building.
Wilson Watira the Bududa district local council five Chairperson
said they still have a long way to go but they will not lose hope. He also appealed to other politicians, especially those in
parliament to continue lobbying for more funds from the government so that they can
have the building completed.