Rwabuhinga explained to URN in an interview that government's plan is to construct a secondary school in each sub county in the country. He says as far as the council is concerned, St Joseph's Karangura Secondary school is complete and they cannot add it more funds.
Residents of Karangura Sub County in Kabarole are
protesting a decision by the district council to reallocate funds for a seed
school in their area. According to the residents, in 2012 president Yoweri Museveni
pledged to construct a seed school in their Sub County since St Joseph’s
Karangura Secondary School was in a poor state.
They add that in 2015, Museveni fulfilled part
of his pledge when he financed the construction of 6 classrooms at the school,
which is still O-level only. The Head teacher, Joseph Rwakibeede, says the
classrooms only covered 20 percent of their needs.
He says they remained without science
laboratories, an administrative block, library and computer laboratory among
many other requirements. William Kayondo, one of the residents, says that they
kept sending reminders to the president through their area Members of
Parliament- MPs until the National Economy of parliament recommended that
they get an additional Shillings 200 million to cater for what was
This, he says is supported by the provisions of the National
Budget Framework paper for the financial year 2020/2021 on education investment
plans, which approved the construction of 115 secondary schools in different
Sub counties including Karangura.
But to their dismay, Kayondo says that Kabarole LC V
chairperson, Richard Rwabuhinga appeared on local radio stations, saying that
the district council resolved that the Shillings 200 million be used to
construct a seed school in Kicwamba Sub County.
Rwabuhinga explained to URN in an interview that government's
plan is to construct a secondary school in each sub county in the country. He
says as far as the council is concerned, St Joseph's Karangura Secondary school
is complete and they cannot add it more funds.
“A seed school means building a school where there is none.
If you go to Karangura now, you will find a secondary school and we cannot build
there another one,” Rwabuhinga said. However, the residents will not have any of
this. They have petitioned Kabarole Chief Administrative Officer – CAO, Phiona
Sanyu for intervention.
In their letter, they say they cannot allow the
resolution by council because the school, which has an enrollment of 300 students,
is still incomplete. "We are hopeful that the office of the CAO
will intervene in the matter and settle our grievance amicably," reads
part of the petition signed by 38 residents.
Kayondo also adds that the Sub County is hard to reach due to
its location in a mountainous area and that the need for a complete secondary
school shouldn’t be taken lightly.
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However, the CAO says that as a technocrat, it will be hard
to overturn a council resolution. She says that Karangura Sub county Councilors
are to blame since they are part of the district council and didn’t object to the
diversion of funds during the budgeting process.
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But Gertrude Keneena, the Karangura LC V Female Councilor,
says she has never attended a district council where they approved reallocation
of the funds. She says that the move could be politically motivated and as
leaders, they will do everything possible to ensure they get back the funds.