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Lack of Transport Killing School Inspection in Mbarara City

Mbarara City Mayor, Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi, says they are aware of the challenges with transport for the technical staff and started budgeting for the vehicles in the previous financial year but prioritized buying road equipment.

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The Head of the Education Department Mbarara City has decried the lack of transport means to assist the monitoring and Inspection of Schools and Covid-19 Vaccination for Teachers.

Mbarara City has 201 Schools and Institutions of which Government owns 63 Primary schools, 9 secondary schools, 4 tertiary institutes while 80 primaries, 35 secondary schools 10 tertiary Institutes are Privately owned.

Francis Benon Tumwebaze Salongo, the Mbarara City Acting Education Officer says with a total of 201 schools that need to be Inspected and monitored, the department has no Vehicle, nor a motorcycle to help the Inspectors do the monitoring and supervision.

He says it is also proving futile for them to monitor the Covid-19 Vaccination of teachers.

He adds they are using their personal vehicles which can’t make it in the hard to reach areas.

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Mbarara City Mayor, Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi, says they are aware of the challenges with transport for the technical staff and started budgeting for the vehicles in the previous financial year but prioritized buying road equipment.

He says they had a shortfall of local revenue in the last financial year which affected the procurement of the vehicles.

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Richard Mugisha, Deputy Mbarara City Clerk says it is not only the Education department operating without a vehicle but almost all departments like the health department, and the enforcement team.

He says they have planned for these vehicles in the current and next financial year budgets using the local revenue and have advertised for some.

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Mugisha says the old municipality had only four vehicles two for the works department, Administration and the mayor which have also moved with the transition to city status but in a very poor mechanical condition.

He says they have budgeted for about 2.5 billion shillings to procure all the vehicles costing around 150 million shillings each and the road equipment at a cost of around 800 million shillings using local revenue.

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Mbarara City Council collects over nine billion shillings annually.

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