By Doreen Nasasira
The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has re-launched the Baraza programme at Kadama sub –county headquarters in Kibuku district.
The Community based monitoring Fora Baraza is a Presidential initiative which was adopted in January 2009, and it aims at creating space for citizens’ participation in the development cycle by effectively watching and monitoring public service providers and demanding for accountability and enhanced transparency.
The Barazas act as a fora where the sub-county local people converge to hold the government to account for the resources spent on public programmes in their area.
Re-launching the Baraza programme on Friday, Dr Rugunda commended the people of Kibuku for putting the Baraza system to good use, adding that it is an effective and direct method for the citizens to monitor service delivery in their area.
The Premier said Ugandans voted the NRM government into power for the next five years because of its good track record and concrete pledges and roadmap towards transforming Uganda into a middle income status country.
“These Barazas are a continuation of government’s efforts to further strengthen service delivery by empowering citizens and communities to keep an eye on the nature, quality and manner of service delivery,” the Premier said.
Rugunda said government was re-launching the Barazas to sharpen the focus on results in key areas of education, health, roads and works, agriculture, water and sanitation.
He said the Barazas will improve feedback and follow up actions as well as a clear action plan on priority areas in terms of implementation, delivery and empowerment of communities to hold their leaders accountable.
Dr Rugunda called upon the locals of Kibuku district to support government work and efforts irrespective of their political ideologies and interests, emphasizing that government aims at pursuing national and development programmes for Uganda.
The Chief administrative officer Kibuku district, Ngobi Fredie Aggrey presented the report on service delivery of the key areas of education, health, agriculture water and sanitation, roads and works in Kibuku district.
The residents were called upon to react and comment on issues affecting service delivery in the district. Some of the issues raised included: the poor weather conditions and soils that affect their agricultural yields, limited number of teachers and schools, inadequate hospital facilities such as beds and drugs as well as lack of safe water sources.
They also asked government to prioritise the tarmacking of Tirinyi-Pallisa- Kamonkoli road.
The technical people in charge of these sectors were given an opportunity to respond and clarify on the issues raised by the residents and how they plan to solve them.
The Minister for General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mary Karooro Okurut commended the people of Kadama for supporting government programmes and ensuring that their leaders are accountable.
The Minister of state for local government, Jennifer Namuyangu decried the high rate of unemployment amongst the youth in the district and also called for the upgrading of Kadama health centre III to health centre IV.
She also appealed to government to establish seed secondary schools in the six sub-counties to make education affordable.
Also present at the function were area members of Parliament, the Chancellor, Makerere University and head of Prime Minister’s delivery unit, Dr. Ezra Suruma as well as other government
People of Kibuku raising some challenges affecting service delivery in their district during the re-launch of Baraza on Friday (Photo by PMPU)