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Nyakiyumbu recieves solar powered water project.

Yesterday, Ministry of water and Environment in conjunction with Mid Western Umbrella of Water and Sanitation  launched construction of Bwengo piped Water Supply system in Nyakiyumbu Subcounty, Kasese district.

The Solar powered water supply system was officially launched by the RDC Lt.Joe Walusimbi in a ceremony held at Katholhu Primary school in Nyakiyumbu Subcounty.

The project is contracted by Nexus Green and will cost 400m, to be implemented in a period of 8 weeks.

This water project will serve 4 villages in Nyakiyumbu Subcounty, which includes Bwengo ,Katholu , Kathikali, and Kitaturwa.

Leaders have asked Nyakiyumbu community to support the contractors to ensure smooth implementation of the project.

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Kasese celebrates international women’s day 2024.

Yesterday, hundreds of people gathered at Katunguru Primary School , lake katwe subcounty as Kasese District Local Government joined the rest of the world to celebrate International Women’s Day .

The function was presided over by Her Royal Highness Agnes Ithungu Asiimawe and graced by different stakeholders including high political leaders of the district like the District Chairperson and members of his council ,security led by the RDC and district and subcounty technical staff.

The theme was , ” Accelerating Gender Equality through Women Economic Empowerment ” which presented a reflection on the efforts and progress made towards achieving sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 on Gender Equality within the context of economic empowerment.

Her Royal Highness Agnes Ithungu Nyabaghole urged parents to promote girl child education and called upon young girls to pursue courses that are traditionally associated with men like engineering, among others.

In her message to women, she emphasised the need for women to embrace the use of ICT for social-economic transformation. She encouraged women to utilise digital platforms to conduct online businesses and to access information for economic transformation.

Nyabaghole also called upon parents and different actors to protect girls against child pregnancies and early marriages and urged girls to also desist from sexual exploitation by men who take advantage of child poverty.

She condemned men who sexually abuse their own daughters and called for serious action upon them.

The key note speaker, Helen Petronilla , Deputy Executive Director Microfinance support Centre called upon women to utilize government initiatives to empower women like Emyooga, UWEP , PDM among others. She also asked women to utilise Micro finance Support Centre which have a fovourabble interest rate of 8% annually to avoid financial exploitations by money lenders.

Hellen condemned the people of Kasese for not taking advantage of her leadership in Micro Finance Support Centre to benefit for the different financial opportunities under the institution.

The RDC Lt. Joe Walunsimbi appreciated Her Royal Highness , Agnes Ithungu Asiimawe for supporting of government and pledged government commitment to continue supporting the kingdom.

The Women Member of Parliament ,Hon. Kabugho Florance ,  appreciated His Excelence Yoweri K. Museveni for appreciating the role of women by giving them key leadership positions in the country. She urged the district leadership to emulate him and also give platforms to women in the district .
Hon. Florance also called upon women to wake up in action to fight for themselves to be economically empowered.

The District Chairperson Muhindi Bukombi Eriphaz talked about the different programs of government that are already benefiting women in the district like UWEP , Emyooga and PDM and called upon women to appreciate  and utilise them for economic empowerment.

International women’s day serves as a call to action for accelerating progress towards gender equality and empowerment. It presents an opportunity to reflect on the efforts and progress made towards achieving sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 on Gender Equality within the context of economic empowerment.

 

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CAO meets Kahokya Widows.

The Chief Administrative Officer Kasese District Local Government, Mr. Byamungu Elias convened a meeting with Kahokya widows  yesterday 22nd February 2023 at St. Johns COU, Kahokya.

According to Mr. Byamungu Elias, his agenda of meeting with widows who lost their husbands to armed conflicts, poaching and other effects of the war  was to see how their livelihoods can be supported under programs of Government.

Mr. Byamungu said that he was overwhelmed by the report he received from the community leaders indicating such a big number of 90 widows in just a Subcounty and even got more surprised to meet over 150 widows in the meeting.

He asked the Ag. Subcounty Chief , Mr. Muke Selevano to work with office of the District Community Development Officer to organize the widows in groups through which they can be supported under different programs of Government.

He committed to submit their groups to  the Office of the Prime Minister for support under Rwenzori Luwero Development  Program  and asked them to also positively utilize other government initiatives like Parish development model to improve their livelihoods.

The over 150 widows who attended the meeting cried out for support from government to improve their  income to support raise their Children who need school fees.

Biira Yodesi  a widow of 38 years who lost her husband in 2010 said that her husband’s family chased her from her land with her 7 children.  she added that she is struggling to raise the young children from her parents home and she is facing the biggest challenge of school fees. She appealed to government for support to buy some goats which she can be grazing and raise some funds to support her children.

According to the life stories of the widows shared in the meeting , a big number of them  have additionally undergone gender Based Violence after the death of their husbands and have either been displaced from their land to their parents homes with their children.

The Chief Administrative Officer committed gave a word of comfort and assured them of his commitment to lobby for support from the Office of the Prime Minister under the Luwero Rwenzori Micro Development Program.

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KASESE COMMEMORATES 43RD TAREHE SITA.

Kasese district local Government celebrated 43rd Tarehe Sita anniversary yesterday 7th February 2024 in Hima town council, under the theme: “Celebrating the people’s struggle for unity, security and peace for social economic transformation”.

The event organized by UPDF in conjunction with Kasese District Local government was presided over by the Resident District Commissioner LT.Joe Walusimbi and in attendance was sizable representation of the army, political leaders, technical leaders and members of the public.

Tarehe Sita, is a commemoration of the February 6, 1981 when the five-year guerilla war that brought President Museveni to power was launched, with an attack on Kabamba Military Barracks.

The function was commemorated with a series of activities by UPDF united with the community including blood donation , screening of HIV and cervical cancer, cleaning of town prior to the event, band matching and a football match between UPDF and the community.

Speaking at the function, the RDC LT. Joe Walusimbi commended his Excellency the president of the republic of Uganda for building a highly disciplined army.

He asked UPDF to maintain their discipline and royalty to the people however, without compromising their core mandate of keeping security of the people and the territorial boarders.

He also hailed the Brig. Commander and the RPC for the good collaboration in keeping the security of Kasese district.

The Brig Commander, Kabira barracks Col. Nabimanya Saulo who was in lead of organizing the Tarehe Sita commemoration in Kasese, called upon members of the community to scale up their collaboration with security in keeping security of the district.

He asked asked everyone to ensure they  have contacts of the security team for easy communication in case any security issue rises and to stop going through a long protocol to raise a security alert.

He assured the community of  UPDF commitment  to keep security of Kasese and asked for positive collaboration.

Col. Nabimanya said that as UPDF, they are commemorating the Tarehe sita to recognize the contribution of UPDF in transforming this country and to remember the fallen soldiers who died in the struggle of liberating this country.
At the same event, the Regional Police Commander Rwenzori East, SSP Nanoka Moses hailed Museveni for achieving comprehensive transformation in both political and civil service since he took over power.

He asked all the security forces to embrace other government programs and utilize different initiatives of government to improve their welfare.

The district Chairperson, Hon Muhindi Erifaz Bukombi appreciated UPDF  for keeping security of the boarder  and the community for the positive collaboration.

He asked the community to continue working with UPDF to transform for comprehensive tranformation.

Hon .Muhindi asked  the RDC to consider organizing and an ideological orientation in Kyangwazi on  mindset change.

He appreciated all efforts made to organize a successful Tarehe sita commemoration in Kasese.

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IMPROVING HEALTH SERVICES IN HARD TO REACH AREAS.

Kasese District Local Government has commissioned Buhuhira HC III in  Busongora North today 6th January 2024 and handed over medical equipment to 3 health facilities including Bwesumbu, Buhuhira and Kabatunda HC IIIs. The commissioning and handover has been officiated by the RDC LT. Joe Walusimbi.

Buhuhira HCIII is located in Busongora North and serves a population of over 20,000 people in 5 parishes of Buhuhira, Bughendero, kithoma, Kasambya and muhumuza. This community has been undergoing challenges of access to maternal health services where the nearby health facility has been Rwesande HC IV which is located over 10 Kilometres from Buhuhira HC III.

In a project report presented by the Ag District Engineer  Asiimwe Ronald,
upgrading /construction of Buhuhira HC II to Health Centre III cost 654,136,098=
The project Key components include,  4 stance VIP toilet, Medical waste pit, Placenta pit, medical pit latrine and renovation of OPD .

The Ag District Engineer asked the district leadership to allow funds relocation of funds for renovation of OPD to fencing the facility for safety of the medical equipment.

While addressing the public at the commissioning and handover event, The RDC LT Joe walusimbi asked the medical workers to ensure services are effectively delivered to the community.

He urged the health incharges to strengthen his leadership skills for smooth running of the facility.

The RDC asked Buhuhira community to continue cooperating government to gain more services delivered to them.

The deputy CAO Kasese, Mr Begumya Eliab Ntarwete appreciated Buhuhira community for showing commitment by turning up massively to attend the commissioning event of their facility.

He asked the health workers of Buhuhira HC III not to disappoint the community by ensuring effective service delivery.

 

The CAO also asked the incharges who had received the medical equipment to engrave them for safety.

Speaking at the commissioning event, the LCV chairperson, Hon.Muhindi Erifaz asked members of the public to support the ruling government since they are delivering services effectively.

He said that it’s the plan of government to elevate all HC IIs to IIIs and allocate all health IIIs Medical doctors for better health service delivery.

He assured members of the community that government is committed to strengthening health service delivery.

Kabatunda Health Centre III worthy 17, 8280, 000= and Bwesumbu HC III received medical equipment worthy 134,826,087 = and all funded by world bank under UGIFT Program.

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District releases PLE results 2023.

Kasese District Local Government has released PLE results today 31st January 2023 at multipurpose hall.

PLE results were released by the Uganda Examination Board (UNEB) on Thursday, 25th January 2024.

Performance of schools in Kasese (main) has remarkably improved compared to the past 4 years with  6.3% passing in Division I, 55.9% in Division II, Division III, 9.5 % in Division IV and 5 % in  U, this excludes the municipality.  However 2% registered but never appeared to do exams thus graded in U.

The best government performing schools in the district were, Ruboni, Bwera COU, Katwe Boarding, St.John Bukangara , Kagando P/s , Hima Public,  Kalonge I, Mweya p/s. And the worst performing schools in the district were, Kahendero P/s, Maghoma, Nyakanengo, St. Augustine Kitabu , Kyondo, and Kasenyi.

Exams of 3 schools were withheld, affecting 112 students who will be appearing before the security committee of UNEB before they take the final decision.

To improve performance of schools this year 2024, the acting district education officer Mr.Thabugha Ernest said that his office has laid strategies to improve delivery of education services in the district. Among them are;

Strengthening community sensitization and awareness creation being on top of the agenda,
Equitable and transparent distribution of human resource to fight against issues of understaffing and over staffing,
Encouraging co- curriculum activities in schools because they motivate children to keep in schools,
Mobilization of funding for schools,

Establishing centers of excellence which will be model centres for the poorly performing schools, among others.

The Chief Administrative Officer Mr. Byamungu Elias asked all head teachers to work towards improving performance of their schools this year. He gave every head teacher a target of adding a minimum of at least 2 first grade, per school.

Mr. Byamungu promised to reward the best performing schools in the district including the best performing students for motivation and encouragement of other students.

The district chairperson called upon stakeholders to enhance monitoring of teachers, pupils and parents.

He expressed his disappointment on the 213 pupils who appeared in grade X because they registered but could not turn up for exams. He said, that it’s because of monitoring gap of leaners and teachers.

The district chairperson asked the teachers to play their part to ensure education services are effectively delivered.

In the same meeting, the RDC LT. Joe Walusimbi, condemned the issue of teachers sending the children out of school for fees. He asked the teachers to rather focus on doing their part of service delivery and allow the most vulnerable children in the community to have access to education.

It’s among the strategies of education department Kasese to strengthen monitoring of schools with hope to improve performance of schools.

Congratulations to the primary seven candidates 2023.

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COMMISIONING OF RUKOKI HC IV MATERNITY WARD.

The RDC LT.Joe Walunsimbi has commissioned Rukoki Health Centre IV maternity ward today 25th January 2025.

Rukoki Maternity ward was gutted by fire in June 2024 and since then  the facility has been operationalizing under challenges of limited accommodation for mothers.

Rehabilitation of the Maternity ward has been funded with support from Rotary snow peaks which organised the first fundraiser marathon that raised the start up funds worthy 36M out of the required 170M and  Medicins Sans Frontiers that took over the project to the level of completion.

According to the report presented by Dr. Masereka Abrahams , Rukoki operates to capacity of a hospital yet its not yet elevated to a hospital capacity. In his report, the facility delivers over 300 mothers monthly and yet they have been operating with limited bed capacity.

Dr. Abrahams requested Ministry of Health represented by Dr. Mugahi Richard to accelerate the process of elevating the facility to a hospital status so that they are able to operate to capacity.

The Chief Guest from Ministry of Health Dr. Mugahi Richard expressed his gratitude to management and staff of Rukoki Health Centre for for offering services above self.

He commended staff for the exceptional efforts and delivering beyond their capacity.

He pledged commitment of Ministry of Health to support Rukoki HC IV  to elevate to a functional hospital with all the required equipment.

The District Vice Chairperson Hon. Natuhwera Ham  asked Ministry of Health to give a special consideration to Kasese interms of allocation of health facilities considering the population of Kasese which is about 1.2 Millions.  He said that Kasese still has 17 subounties without Health Centre III’s despite the directive of government that every subcounty should have a health centre 111.

He requested that atleast another hospital should be allocated for Busongora North for easy access to health services.

The Deputy mayor, Kasese Municipality Hon Mupango Rabson thanked Rotary , MSF and other partners who have worked with government to ensure that the common people receive services. He requested for continuous partnership with government for better service delivery.

 

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KABIRA FOUNDATION STARTS CONSTRUCTION OF CLASSROOMS AT NYAKANGENGO PRIMARY

Works for construction of 3 classroom block at Nyakango Primary school in Maghasa ,Mpata Parish, Bwesumbu Sub county funded by Kabira foundation , started yesterday 19th January  2024  .

The ground breaking ceremony attended by the district political and technical leadership, local leaders , donors and residents of Maghasa was presided over by the Deputy RDC Mr. Maate Magwara at Nyakanengo Primary School in Bwesumbu Suncounty.

Under this project, Kabira Foundation is to construct 6 classrooms and a staff house in 3 phases. First phase will include  construction of 3 classrooms, second Phase will be 3 more classrooms and last phase will be a staff house.

However, according to Mr. Camilo Otim ,Kabira Foundation volunteer, the project depends on individual contributions from individual donors and therefore availability of funds from individual donors will determine the period of completion. He said that Kabira foundation will ensure that all planned interventions are implemented and construction of the 1st phase of 3 classroom block will be implemented in 4 months if there are no challenges from the community since funds are available.

He appealed to the parents and residents of Maghasa to support the contractors with delivering of materials and carrying of water to the site since the community has a challenge of water and hard reach terrain.

The deputy RDC incharge of Bukonzo Mr. Maate asked residents of Maghasa to cooperate with Kabira foundation to ensure that the project is implemented with no challenges.

He also asked the people of Bwesumbu to learn to appreciate and support efforts and programs of Government rather than always criticizing because it affects service delivery.

While responding to the school head teachers report which indicated a very low level of completion for children of Nyakanengo Primary school, the deputy RDC asked parents to take over their roles of supporting their children to stay in school and complete school.

He encouraged parents to utilise the government  training institute for skills  in mubuku especially for children who have dropped out of school.

The District Chairperson , Mr Muhindi Erifaz Bukombi asked parents to mobilize their children to go to school so that the classroms being constructed achieve the intended prupose.

He appreciated efforts of Kabira Foundation to secure funds to support Nyakanengo primary school. He pledged commitment of Government to continue supporting and strengthening service delivery to the people of Bwesumbu and beyond.

 

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Chairpersons of District council committees sworn in

Kasese District Local Government Chairpersons of standing committees of council were sworn in yesterday 10th January 2023  at the district headquarters.

The new chairpersons include ; Hon. Masereka Benard  , the Chairperson for works and Technical services committee, Hon. Kisole Yonasani – Chairperson Social services committee, Hon. Ategeka Lakisisi Adolph- Chairperson Production, Marketing and Natural resources , Hon. Kule Wilson- Chairperson Finance , planning and Administration.

These were voted in council meeting which sat in December 2023 after the outgoing team had served their term of office which is 2 years and a half as mandated by the law.

At the swearing Ceremony , the new chairpersons who were accompanied by their family members and relatives pledged their commitment to work with management and other political leaders to deliver their mandate as chairpersons of standing committees.

The Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Byamungu Elias argued the incoming chairpersons of the standing committees of council to ensure continuous consultation of the outgoing chairpersons and the technical staff for technical guidance .

Mr. Byamungu pledged to continue facilitating the committee to ensure that they effectively deliver services to the people of Kasese.

The District speaker Hon. Mayora Johnson asked the incoming chairpersons to cooperate with heads of Departments for effective service delivery. Hon. Mayora condemned the bad practice of political leaders fighting technical people which affects performance .

Hon. Kisole Yonasani requested for collaboration between members of DEC and Chairpersons of standing committees through having joint meetings that will enable them plan in a coordinated manner.

The chairpersons are the heads of the standing committees of council and their core mandate is to ensure effective planning and utilization of government funds .

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KASESE TASK FORCE TO BAN ILLEGAL TRADE OF MEAT FROM SANKA.

In a bid to combat the spread of Anthrax from the neighboring districts to Kasese, District Task force has resolved to consult the law on how they can ban the trade of meat coming from Sanka to Kasese District.

Anthrax outbreak was reported in Kyotera District in the month of June and over 15 cases have been confirmed in Kyotera.

Though Kasese has not yet received any Positive Case of Anthrax, the trade of illegal meat from Sanka has remained the biggest threat to transfer anthrax to the district. In addition, Kasese remains the major route for transporting animals from Uganda to DRC .

This triggered the district Task force to hold a planning meeting to do early preparations in case of any eventualities.

According to the District Veterinary Officer Dr. Kibaya Yusuf, consumption of meat in Kasese is very high which exposes the community to a very high risk of acquiring Anthrax.

Dr. Kibaya condemned the trade of  Sanka meat which he said is coming from dead animals that traders buy cheaply and sell in Kasese district at a very low price.

He reported to the task force that sofar they have buried 2 cows which were suspected to be having Anthrax however, results came out negative.

He appealed to the leaders to support regulation of trade of meat in the district and fighting transportation of contaminated meat from Sanka which is a biggest threat to all efforts to control the spread of Anthrax.

The RDC LT. Joe Walumbi called upon all stakeholders to join efforts with the Task Force to prevent the spread of anthrax to the district. He asked all members of the district task force to make public health a priority and avoid defending illegal actions which put the public health at a risk.

The RPC Rwenzori region pledged cooperation with other stake holders to fight illegal trade of non-inspected meat in the district to protect the public from Anthrax and other health hazards.

The Principal Health Inspector , Kasese Municipality ,Mr. Kabagambe said that  there is no public health law that allows transportation of un preserved meat from one district to another. He added that the law only allows transportation of live animals not dead animals.

The district Task force formed a small committee of technical stakeholders to consult and interpret the law to guide their actions against illegal trade of meat in the district.

 

 

 

 

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District Council honours the late Hon.Moses Bwambale.

  1. Kasese District Local Government conducted extra ordinary Council in honor of the late Hon. Moses Bwambale today, 12th December 2023, at the burial ceremony held at Nyamugasani primary school in Rwesororo, Kisinga Town Council.

The late Hon. Moses succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident that occurred along Mbarara road in Muhokya Town Council .

The deceased worked as a district counsellor representing Kisinga Subcounty since 19th May 2021.
In honor of the Late Hon. Moses Bwambale contributions to the district and his subcounty, council approved construction of 1.5KM road in Kiburara and construction of Market stalls at Kiburara trading centre to be named after him.
The motion seeking council to honour and give last respect to the late Hon. Moses Bwambale was presented by the District Vice Chairperson Hon. Ham Natuhwera .

The District speaker, Hon. Mayora Johnson hailed the late moses for being a very good legislator who loved his constituency and the people of Kasese.
He praised him for being a hardworking person who worked tirelessly for his Subcounty and district.

The district chairperson, Hon. Bukombi Muhindi Erifaz said that the late Moses always engaged him on plans for his Subcounty.
He pledged to work with the district council to fullfulill the dreams Moses had for his Subcounty.

The District Chairperson also asked members of the council to consider supporting his children whom he had left at a tender age.

Hon. Harold Muhindo Tonny, the area Mp Bukonzo East, said that the deceased has left a gap in Bukonzo East, which needs to be filled.
He appealed to the district chairperson and the CAO to write to the electrol commission to fill the 2 positions in his constituency, one for the deceased and second for the counsellor representing Kitabu Subcounty who crossed to civil service.

The late Hon. Moses Bwambale survived by 7 children and 1 wife and was laid to rest at his ancestral home in Rwesororo , in Kisinga Town Council.

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KASESE COMMEMORATES 16 DAYS OF ACTVISM .

Hundreds of stakeholders gathered in Kitswamba town council yesterday 8th December 2023 to commemorate 16 days of activism against gender based violence.

16 days of Activism is a global campaign to call for an end to violence against Women and Girls. The campaign runs every year from 25th November, the international day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December which is a Human rights day.

Kasese is among the highly  ranked districts in Uganda in gender based violence and Kitswamba town council where the commemoration event took place is ranked second in the district in teenage pregnancies.

The commemoration event organized by Kasese District Local Government and Partners was presided over by the Deputy RDC in charge of Busongora Mr.Mubingwa Zephanus and attended by different stakeholders including district and Subcounty political and technical leaders.

While addressing the people, Mr. Mubingwa Zephanus, seriously condemned the habit of assaulting wives and abandoning children which was reported to be on the rise in Kitswamba Town council.

He called upon husbands to love and protect their wives. The deputy RDC referred to the bible which says that whoever finds the wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from God.

He emphasized the need for the community to work towards building peace and adding value to their families, community and the world.

A number of GBV survivors gave their tear-jerking experiences of going through different forms of gender based violence and added to the voice of other stakeholders to call for the end of violence against women and girls. . Among them was Biira Michealine a 17 year old girl who was abandoned by her father over a misunderstanding between her mother and her father. Michealine narrated how her father denied her a chance to go to school because he believed that she was not his biological child.

Machealine is among thousands of children who are experiencing different forms of gender based violence in Kasese district as reported by the senior Community Development officer, Mrs. Asiimwe QueenGonda

The deputy Chief Administrative officer Mr. Begumya Ntarwete Eliab appreciated development partners in kasese for supplementing efforts of government in bid to end gender based violence.

He asked all stakeholders to come together and fight stumbling blocks to efforts of partners and government in ending reducing GBV in Kasese.

The District Chairperson, Mr Muhindi Bukombi Erifaz encouraged the people of Kistwamba to invest in taking their children to school as a sustainable investment.  He also emphasized the need for husbands to use peaceful dialogues to solve issues in their families than using violence.

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KASESE DISASTER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WORRIED OF DEVELOPING CRACKS.

Members of Kasese District Disaster Management committee have expressed their distress over the developing crack on Muhokya town council land which is currently occupied by the Internally Displaced Persons   .

This issue was raised by Mr.Buhaka Lucas commonly known as the voice of the Voiceless in the Disaster Management coordination meeting held at the district council hall yesterday 5th December 2023. Mr. Buhaka was worried of the pace government is taking to respond and yet the level of vulnerability of the people living in Muhokya and the neighborhood qualifies it to be a matter of urgency .

The developing crack was said to be increasing gradually and equally increasing the magnitude of risk exposure especially of the people living in Muhokya IDP and the sorrounding area.

The ChairPerson Muhokya IDP camp Mrs. Aryema Rehema, said that Crack has increased the flooding in Muhokya IDP camp and the situation worsened this rainy season of Sept to December.

She added that the crack seems to be stretching from uphill to the lower land and as people in the IDP they are terribly in fear of any likely disaster that may occur out of the crack. She cried out to government to speed up the process of settling the people in the camp because the camp is not suitable for settlement due to the crack that is causing flooding.

Responding to the issue of the Crack in Muhokya, the senior Environmental Officer Mr. Kooli Augustine, said that the issue of the crack has been brought to the attention of Office of the Prime Minister however its still pending response from OPM. He advised the committee on the need to carryout a geological study which will inform stakeholders from appropriate intervention.

The Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Mr Ntarwete Eliab said that the issue should be brought to attention of Members of Parliament so that it is tabled in parliament of action.

He asked members of the Committee to organize a monitoring visit to all areas in the district that are vulnerable to disasters to conduct risk assessment as well as monitoring human activities that are leading to disasters.

Mr Ntarwete Eliab emphasized the need to plan with facts from the community and not planning without going on ground to do fact finding.

In the meeting, the subcounty Chief of Mpunga Mr. Syaipuma Edson asked the disaster committee to carryout comprehensive monitoring of all vulnerable sub counties. He reported that 2 cracks are also developing in Mpunga Subcounty and this equally needs intervention.

The meeting resolved to engage a Geologist to conduct a study on the magnitude of the crack, compile a comprehensive report  as advised by the Senior Environment Plan which shall be submitted to parliament through district representatives to parliament.

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LAUNCH FOR CONSTRUCTION OF MAHANGO ROAD.

Kasese District Local government has launched construction of Mahango ,Nyakabingo ,Muhokya  road today 7th Nov 2023 in Nyakabingo Subcounty.

The project launched by the RDC LT. Joe Walusimbi will cost 434,133,582= and is funded under the Government of Uganda Roads rehabilitation/maintainance development Grant.
Works will include setting out , site clearance, and grading including earth works, drainage works, Gravelling, and completion works.
The project will also integrate environmental protection, including planting trees along the road.

The LC I Chairperson of Nyakabingo Bwambale Lozio Mukyezo Nyakabingo appreciated Government for prioritising Nyakabingo – Mahango road. He mentioned that their greatest challenge has been transporting their goods to Mawa Market because of the poor road condition. He added that rehabilitation of the road will ease movement to the market.

The district counsellor representing Nyakabingo, Hon. Kabugho Scovia called upon residents to appreciate the efforts of political leaders from Mahango who have successfully lobbied for funds to rehabilitate Nyakabingo, Mahango road.

The Deputy Chief Administrative officer, Mr Ntarwete Eriab, asked residents of Mahango , Nyakabingo, and Muhokya to ensure cooperation with engineers for effective implementation. He informed them that the project doesn’t cater for compensation and, therefore, they should not interrupt work.

He asked farmers to utilise the road transport their goods to the market and access health services .

The District Vice Chairperson, Hon. Ham Natuhwera asked the district engineer to work with local leaders during the implementation of the project to avoid complaints from the community.

He appealed to the residents of Mahango, Nyakabingo and Muhokya to support successful implementation of the project without obstacles because, for a long time, it has been their outcry and government has given it a priority.

He assured members of the community of more projects in the next FY 2024/25.

The RDC LT. Joe Walusimbi appreciated Mahango community for supporting the ruling government and asked the engineer to ensure value for money .
He committed to monitoring the project to ensure effective implementation.

The project  Phase 1 will be implemented in this  FY 2023/2024.

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Kasese DLG holds budget conference for FY 2024/25

Kasese District Local Government has conducted her budget conference for FY 2024/25 today 3rd November 2023 under the theme , ” Full monetization of Ugandas Economy Through: Commercial Agriculture, Industrialisation, Expanding and Broadening service, Digital Transformation and Market Access ”
The budget conference was an avenue for sectors and departments to present draft financial priorities/proposals for FY 2024/25 for stakeholders to discuss and add input aiming at promoting citizen participation in planning and budgeting.

At the budget conference, Mr Muhindi Bukombi Erifazi District chairperson who was the guest speaker, highlighted the resource envelope projection as 95,891,377,000 UgShs expected to be raised as ; Locally Raised revenue- 5,022,608,000, Central Government Grant , Descrenary Government Transfers 9,918,760,000 , conditional Government Transfers Shs 68,560,625,000, other Governnment Transfers Shs 7,362,778,000 and Donor Funding 5,026,606,000.

The District chairperson also highlighted the different challenges the District is undergoing that need stakeholders attention which includes; Disasters that have continouslyaffected the District, high population growth rates, unpredictable weather patterns , and internal and security threats among others
He also urged the community yo remain vigilant and security cautious

In the speech of the District chairperson, the resource envelope projection stands at 95,891,377,000= expected to be raised as ; Locally Raised revenue- 5,022,608,000, Central Government Grant , Descrenary Government Transfers -9,918,760,000 , conditional Government Transfers Shs 68,560,625,000, other Governnment Transfers Shs 7,362,778,000 and Donor Funding 5,026,606,000. He echoed the reason for maintaining the revenue outlook as at June 2023 as an advice from Governments.
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The district chairperson also highlighted the challenges that have continously affected the District in areas of Disaster management, high population growth rates, unpredictable weather patterns , internal and security threats among others.

He urged the community to remain vigilant and watch over as the District is currently experiencing security insurgencies.

The Chief administrative officer Mr. Byamungu Elias appreciated the role played by key development partners in supporting the development agenda foe Kasese .
He also highlighted the key policy issues and administrative issues to improve efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery focusing on Parish Development model , Revenue collection, mainstreaming nutrition, among others.

Key departments like Works and technical services, Production departments, Health and Environment presented their sector draft priorities which can be accessed on https://www.kasese.go.ug/e-library/

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OBR CELEBRATES 57th CORONATION ANNIVERSARY.

 Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu  celebrated the 57th Coronation Anniversary of His Majesty Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere   today 19th October 2023 at Kasese Golf Course.
The Coronation event attended by multitudes of Rwenzuru subjects in Uganda , Democratic Republic Of Congo and visitors from other foreign countries and was presided over by the Vice President of Uganda H.E Hon. Jessica Alupo who represented H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda YK. Museveni.

In a speech delivered by H.E retired Maj. Jessica Rose Epel Alupo, President Museveni asked the king to support mobilization of people of Rwenzori to engage in economic development and argued all leaders to work towards promoting Peace and Unity in the region.

H.E also asked all the people of Rwenzori to backup efforts of security team to stabilize the security situation of Rwenzori Region.

The president also commended the King for appointing a well focused administration and asked the administration to focus on addressing challenges of Poverty in the region.
She delivered a cash contribution of 30 Millions  from H.E  Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to support the King’s daily running Costs at the Palace.
Addressing thousands of his subjects, His Majesty Charles Mumbere called for positive parenting that would promote morals among children before asking the Banya-Rwenzururu to work hard and fully support government initiated programs like PDM; aimed at improving the living condition of the local person.
His Majesty Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere also emphasised OBR agenda of promoting reconciliation,Unity in Diversity, Peace, Socio Economic Transformation and Mindset change. He mentioned that as the Kingdom they are set to implement and achieve this agenda.
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OMUSINGA CHARLES WISLEY MUMBERE RETURNS TO KASESE

His Majesty Omusinga Charles Wisley Mumbere has returned to Kasese together with his family  today 4th October 2023 nearly after seven years.

This was another historical day as millions of Rwenzururu Kingdom subjects from Kasese, Bundibugyo, Bunyangabo , Democratic Republic of Uganda and beyond saw  their King His Majesty Charles Wesley Mumbere, seven years after the 2016 Obuhikira raid by security.

The King was received at Kasese Aerodrome by religious leaders, political leaders , members of the royal family, Cultural leaders , among others at around 2:00pm  and head to Kasese Golf Course in company of crowds of his subjects who had waited for him for hours.

While addressing the crowd at Kasese Golf Course, His Majesty Omusinga Charles Wisley Mumbere mentioned that  his next agenda will focus on Peace building, Reconciliation and economic transformation.

He called upon the people of Kasese to appreciate the tourism potentials they have and utilize them for development.The representative of the president Hon. Minister Peace Mutunzo , urged the people of Kasese to put  peace building at the forefront. Shee mentioned the commitment of government to continue working with the kingdom .

 

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Kasese Launches Community Sports.

Kasese District Local Government has  launched community Sports activities today 3rd October 2023  at the district headquarters. District leadership  handed about 30 balls to captains of different community football and netball teams at the launch.

This is a new initiative of government through Ministry of Education and Sports to mobilize the community to engage in sports and other government development initiatives targeting mostly the youth.

At the launch, the  District  Chairperson Hon. Bukombi Erifaz, urged the youth to utilize this initiative to organize themselves in groups, register as saving groups to tap into other government development opportunities. He also emphasized the need to conduct tournaments at constituency level and asked the district to spearhead these sports activities to happen soon.

The Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Mr Ntarwete Eliab called upon the people who will be using the balls to ensure maintenance and replacement of the balls incase of damages to ensure continuity of the program.

The Youth chairperson Kanyama also called upon his fellow youth to positively embrace government programs that target the youth and ensure positive utilization for economic development. He condemned the youth for mishandling other funds and not paying back timely.

Other stakeholders who attended the lunch included the District Vice Chairperson, the District Speaker , technical staff and community leaders of youth groups.

Government is using this as a tool to mobilize community members to engage in development programs as well as promoting sports activities in the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VICTORY COMES TO KASESE

By Kabugho Sharon.

Yesterday, Kasese District leadership , primary triumphantly welcomed back the primary pupils who went to participate in the national football and netball national competitions that took place in Mbarara city at Kacheka playground.

Footballers and Netballers after receiving their awards for outstanding performance.

In the competitions, the girls emerged  the 3 out of 138 in the country in netball  as  the boys took it to semi finals.

The welcome event was organized by the Association for primary headteachers who received the participants from KCCL traffic point and led the procession to the district headquarters through Kasese town where the district top leadership received them.

Headteacher Muhokya Primary receiving her student who participated in the national competitions in Mbarara
Primary Headteachers Association receive footballers and netballers at KCCL participants at KCCL .

 

 

 

 

 

 

The welcome event was attended by the District Chairperson and other members of  DEC, the CAO and his technical team , among others.

While addressing the pupils, the district chairperson congratulated them for the outstanding performance and wonderful representation of Kasese district in the national competitions. He mentioned that as district leadership ,they are trying to lobby for a spots academy in Kasese which will support young people to develop in talent and be able to compete at international level.

The Chief Administrative Officer  urged the district planning and budgeting desk to ensure sports in budgeted for to avoid headteachers funding sports activities from UPE funds.

The team received certificate awards and bronze medals for the outstanding performance which were handed over by the District chairperson, Chief Administrative Officer , District Speaker , Secretary Social services and Chairperson social services respectively.

District Chairperson handing over a bronze medal to the goal shooter.

 

Netball medalists with the district leaders
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Thousands turn up for the Tusker lite Rwenzori Marathon- Kasese.

Over 2000 from all over the world turned up for the Tusterlite Rwenzori Marathon today in Kasese .The most Mountain Challenge involved a 42KM route, 21KM route and 5KM and participants included professional and unprofessional athletes from different parts of the world.

Runners including the MP Kasese Municipality Hon. Kambale Ferigo (right) set to begin the 5KM challenge at the Rwenzori Tusker Lite Marathon.

Komwei Vitalis emerged the best male runner in 42 Kilometers, Viola Chemos Munerya the best female in 42 Kilometers , while the best female in 21 km, is Ms. Ajok Dorcus and the best male in 21 km,  Abel Chibet all from Kapchorwa district.

The winners of the 42KM run being received at the finish line.

The run also attracted people from different walks of life including  persons with disabilities , the elderly and children . And served as a platform for advocating for inclusiveness.

.The business community also reported an increase in income as hotels, boda-bodas, market vendors and others ran out of stock as the demand for their products raised beyond their capacity.

Some of the runners join the cultural dancers at the Marathon.

District leaders who joined the Marathon included; the State Minister for National Guidance , Hon. Godfrey Baluku Kabyanga, Kasese Municipal MP. Hon. Ferigo Kambale, Hon.Harold Tony  Muhindo, Hon. Sowedi Kitanywa, TheDistrict Chairperson and the Mayor for  Kasese Municipality, Chance Kahindo among others.

They expressed their gratitude to the organisers of the Marathon and partners like Nile Breweries , Hima Cement , Britam and other partners for choosing Kasese for the Rwenzori Marathon and giving them an opportunity to showcase the potentials in the district and all pledged continuous participation and support.

The Rwenzori Tusker Lite Marathon is part of the Rwenzori Theluji festival which will annually happen in Kasese  to showcase the stunning landscapes of the Rwenzori Mountains and Queen Elizabeth National Park, including its famous glaciers, towering peaks, lush forests and expansive savannah.

 

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KASESE HOLDS THE TRADE,TOURISM AND INVESTMENT SUMMIT

Key national and International actors in Tourism converged today at Rwenzori international Hotel- kasese municipality to discuss Tourism, trade and investment opportunities and potentials in Kasese and Rwenzori region at large ahead of the Tusker lite Rwenzori Marathon.

The Summit comes as one of the major activities under the Rwenzori Theluji Festival which was launched and gazetted by Minister of state for Tourism Hon. Martin Behinduka Mugarra in year 2022 as a national event to annually happen in Kasese.

The summit which was organized by Kasese Tourism Investors Forum with support from Uganda Tourism Board was attended by delegates from different government agencies and private sector to discuss the future of  Kasese as the best tourism destination.

At the Summit, the key note speaker Hon. Godfrey Kabyanga Kiime the Minister of State for ICT and National Guidance assured congregates of Government commitment to continue building an enabling environment for tourism development in Kasese. He also assured the visitors of the security in the district.

The summit was also attended by Rev James Kim a specialist on Mind Education from Korea who urged Ugandans to embrace voluntarism as the best way to transform their communities. He condemned the bad habit of Ugandans blaming the government for poverty without making voluntary contributions.

Richard Nuwesiga Acting director Investment, Innovation shared on opportunities of investment in Kasese and how the people of Kasese can utilise the Innovation Village which has been planned to be set in the industrial park to give an opportunity to small investors in different value chains.

Amos Wekesa a tourism Investor and lead mobiliser for the Tusker lite Rwenzori Marathon said that he is working so hard to see the Tusker lite lite Marathon become one of the best world’s Marathons. He added that their major target is to bring about 4000 runners to participate in the Rwenzori Tusker lite next year.   He asked the people of Kasese to utilize the Marathon opportunity to make money.

The Rwenzori Theluji event will continue happening in Kasese as an annual Tourism event and comes as a blessing for the actors in Tourism and beyond.

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ONE STOP BORDER POST-MPONDWE MARKET COMMISSIONED.

H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has today commissioned the One Stop Border post and the Border Export zone at Uganda – DRC border in Mpondwe Lhubiriha Town council.

The commissioned facilities will bring together all the different agencies of Government involved in export trade including Security, URA , Ministry of Trade , among others and will facilitate over 25000 traders to conduct inter border trade.

Since 2020, business at the border has been affected by the closure of the border due to COVID-19 outbreak which affected the traders and other members of the community whose livelihoods were dependent on cross border business.

In reference to this, the hosting LCI Chairperson and the LC V Chairperson Hon. Muhindi Erifaz Bukombi requested the President to officially open the border to allow the business community conduct cross border business smoothly.

In addition to the above request, the district Chairperson requested the President to consider the following issues; upgrading of  Rukoki HC IV to a hospital, settlement of internally displaced persons(IDPs) , desilting of the rivers, finding a potential investor for kilembe mines company limited , among others.

 

While addressing the delegates, the President emphasized the issue of commercial farming to improve household incomes.

He called upon families to embrace utilizing inherited land for income generation and children holding shares instead of dividing land for selfish interests.

As requested by the district leadership, the president officially opened the Mpondwe Lhubiriha border and stopped collection of money from citizens to allow them cross the border.

 

The president pledged to critically look into the District Chairpersons Memorandum presented to him and respond to all the issues raised accordingly.

 

The event was attended by delegates from Uganda the DRC including security officials, Political leaders , Local Government officials and business community  stakeholders who appreciated Government for these vast projects that will strengthen inter border trade.

 

Kabugho Sharon

Communications officer.

 

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KASESE CELEBRATES WOMEN.

The Chief Guest Hon. Minister Peace Mutunzo giving a Speech.

Kasese District celebrated Women’s day yesterday the 12th of  April 2022  in Hima Town Council at Hima Catholic playgound in Busongora North constituency. The function was presided over by Hon. Peace Mutunzo the minister of state for Gender, Labor, and Social-Economic Development as the chief guest.

Kasese Women MP , Hon Kabugho Florance giving a speech

The women MP Kasese Hon Florence Kabugho called upon Kasese leaders to unite towards addressing issues affecting Women. In her words, ” Issues affecting women don’t know your party, they don’t know your religion, they can affect you despite who you are or where you belong “. She added that she did not consider her party to participate in Women’s day celebrations and that is how all leaders should be acting.

The Chief Guest, Hon Minister Peace Mutunzo, called upon Men of Kasese to stop the vice of beating Women .She also condemned early pregnancies and early marriages where Kasese is still among the leading districts and urged parents to take good care of their daughters for a better tomorrow. she recommended division of Kasese District for effective service delivery and also urged Kasese leaders to unite towards the development of Kasese.

As part of celebrating Women, 6 Women and I man were awarded for their struggle of addressing issues affecting women and for being exemplary  to other  women.  Among these were , Mrs Dorothy Nzirambi the Founder Nzirambi Foundation, Mama Agnes Nyabaghole , Hon. Hilda Maate Wabukombi the first female Mayor in Kasese District, the LC III chairperson Mbunga Subcounty , Katugume Fred for advocating for womens rights from Justice Centres Uganda, among others.

The function ended successfully with a lot of entertainment from different schools and Women groups .

KITALIKIBI PRIMARY SCHOOL PRESENTING A DEBATE
WOMEN LIVING WITH DISABILITY PRESENTING A THEME SONG.
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The plight of children in Kasese after the disasters

As the world celebrates World Day against Child Labor on June 12, 2020 under the theme, “Protect children now, more than ever before”, Kasese district will focus on the impact of the current covid-19 and floods crises on children.

While in the struggle to combat COVID-19, Kasese district experienced concurrent floods on 7th 10th and 20th May 2020 affecting 9,916 households, 48947 people, with about 80% of being children. In addition, the district has frequently faced long droughts which affect the level of production.

Unfortunately, because of the effects of the crisis on livelihoods, children are often the first to suffer. The crisis has the potential danger of pushing more of these already vulnerable children into child labor because most parents have lost their livelihoods and therefore unable to provide for their children, a situation that is likely to lure more children into child labor for survival.

According to the Senior Labour Officer Kasese, Karafule Swaib, “Already there is an estimated 25,000 children in Kasese engaged in child labor.”

These children are now at even greater risks of dropping out of school altogether or spend more time outside school eking a living.

Most children work because of household’s poverty to provide for food, shelter, clothing, school fees and scholastic materials (books and uniform)”

In Kasese child labour is found in agriculture, sand mining, brick making, store quarrying, boda boda, street and market vending, street children, fishing, maids, child marriage, prostitution and car washing.

To combat this vice, Sub-Counties and divisions should target households that supply child labor and link them with social protection services like UWEP, YLP, SAGE and Operation Wealth Creation (OWC).

The parents of children in child labour should take their children to free primary and secondary education (UPE and USE)

Or: Stakeholders at various levels should do more to senstise the families that produce child labour about the benefits of education and to re-orient the mindset about available education programmes like the Universal Primary Education (UPE) and the Universal Secondary Education (USE).

The Civil Society Organisations should initiate programmes like school feeding programmes and re-integration of children affected by child labour into the school system.

However, the ultimate answer to feeding day school children lies in the improving household food security so that families can properly feed their children before and after school and pack lunch for their children.

 

Kabugho Sharon

Communications Officer

 

 

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District Status Report Sept 2019

State of the District Report as at September 2019 is available for download

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Invitation to bid for a framework contract

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Ebola Virus Disease Status Report Sept 2019

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BID NOTICE 2019/20

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10 Jobs for social workers

Kasese District Local Government in partnership with UNICEF is seeking to employ 10 Sub county based Welfare officers. Download a full copy below;

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