On 23rd August 2014, the LC V Chairperson of Kabarole District Hon. Rwabuhinga Richard appeared on HITS FM to give accountability. “From the month of March 2014, we were visiting different sub counties of Kabarole District, giving accountability and also carrying out down ward planning. In April, we passed a budget that totaled to 28 billion which we divided among the different sectors like health, agriculture, education, management, among others. The chairman was discussing on ToroDev’s live radio discussion called ‘Orukurato Program’, a 2hr weekly radio program that discusses issues of accountability every Saturday (08:00 – 10:00) pm.
During the live radio discussion, Hon Rwabuhinga also gave accountability about the education sector to the local citizens. “We are going to build class rooms, head masters’ offices and stores and also supply 35 desks in different schools. These schools include Kyamuhembo in Bunyangabu County that will cost 70million shillings, Kyabujamiyaga in Buhesi Sub County that will cost 70 million shillings, Iruhura P/S in Burahya, Buseiga Primary School in Kicwamba Sub County, Namasongola Primary School in Kabende Sub County, among others”.
Hon Rwabuhinga further gave accountability concerning the water sector. “We have Shs.46,725,300 (Forty six million, seven hundred and twenty five thousand, three hundred shillings) for constructing ten hand dug shallow wells in the Sub Counties of Kabende, Harugongo, Ruteete, Karambi, Kiyombya, Iruhura, Rwimi, Kabahango, among others”.
Meanwhile, the Chairperson also gave accountability concerning the roads sector. “Under the Kayip program, we are going to construct roads such as Kikonge road, Bulyambuzi road, Nyabukara road, Harugongo road, among others. We are also doing routine maintenance on some of the roads such as Harugongo road. However, shoddy work has been done on some roads like Mukabata-Kibworo-Nyakigumba road, but we are following up the contractors to see that standard work is perfomed”.
Local listeners also participated through call ins to raise their issues and concerns. “We have been informed that the census will help the government in planning for people, but vulnerable people should also be given special attention”, said Mugisa from Katebwa Sub County, “Before the local leaders award tenders, they should first inform local citizens about the tenderers’”, said a caller from Kamwenge District, “We don’t understand why our roads are being constructed badly”, said Sepiriya from Kiryantama Sub County, “We want the Chairman to respond to the issue of water in Kasenda Sub County”, said a caller from Mugusu Sub County, “Kitengya Bridge is in a poor state”, said Asiimwe Charles”.
The live radio discussion was moderated by Mr Kasigazi Willy Donnto and is supported by SIDA/CIPESA and SPIDER/Stockholm University on a project aimed at using appropriate ICT tools to promote democratic engagement in the Rwenzori Region, Western Uganda.