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Ntoroko Residents: Priority Areas Left Out of Budget

Residents of Ntoroko district are angry over what they call failure by the district to neglecting priority areas in its 2012/2013 financial year budget. Last week, the district council passed the budget estimates worth 15 billion shillings, out of which 6 billion was allocated to administration.

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Residents of Ntoroko district are angry over what they call failure by the district to neglecting priority areas in its 2012/2013 financial year budget.

Last week, the district council passed the budget estimates worth 15 billion shillings, out of which 6 billion was allocated to administration. Under administration, the district will spend the funds to pay office rent, repair old district vehicles, pay debts and also purchase stationery and manage the district’s resource centre.

 

The water, road and health sectors were allocated 650 million, 750 million and 800 million shillings respectively.

This has, however, angered residents who have accused the district of not giving priority to the important sectors, which will affect delivery of services.

 

Patrick Baluku, a resident of Karugutu town council, says that he is surprised no money has been allocated for provision of water sources in the sub county. Baluku says that in some villages there is only one bore hole, shared by more than 300 people.

Baluku says that sometimes fights break out at the borehole because of the limited resources. He says that those who try to avoid the chaos have to walk several kilometers away to fetch water from swamps.

He explains that in the past financial year, the district had promised to construct water sources but the promise wasn’t fulfilled.  

 

//Cue in: “There is only one borehole…

Cue out:…we need more water.”//

In Karugutu Sub County, some of the roads supposed to be maintained by the district are in a poor state and when it rains, the roads become impassable, leaving residents stranded.

Faith Biira, a farmer in the area says that the district should first address the concerns of the residents. She says that the Health Centre Two needs roofing but no funds have been allocated.

She also says that the village health teams in the sub county no longer function, because of lack of resources.  

Simon Magezi, a trader in Karugutu town council, says that the residents should first be consulted because it’s the people who know their needs. Magezi argues that the district should have allocated funds for construction of road side markets. He says that since there are no markets, farmers can’t afford to rent shops to sell their produce.

//Cue in: “There is no market for us…

Cue out:…rent is expensive.”//

But the Ntoroko Chief Administrative Officer Allan Ashaba says that since the district is new and lacks offices, most of the money is spent on renting office space at Karugutu trading centre and Kibuuku.

He says that the district can’t rely on the local revenue, because the resources are meager.

Ashaba also says 500 million shillings will be allocated to the construction of the district headquarters.

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