Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, recently commissioned three rehabilitated community facilities in Kamuli district to improve the lives of the locals.
In remarks at the commissioning of Buluya Health Centre II, Lwanyama Technical Institute and St. Andrews’s Primary School, Kiyunga on 16 November 2020, Kadaga applauded the Uganda Electricity Generation Company (UEGCL) for the gesture.
With the development, women will no longer trek the 20 kilometres they did to access maternity services as the health centre now offers the much needed service, including separate wards for children, women and men.
Speaker Kadaga said that whilst the community in Buluya had requested for only a maternity ward, UEGCL was generous enough to construct a fully-fledged medical facility.
“I am happy that the facility has staff houses as well as pit latrines. Now I am planning to get support for construction of primary and secondary schools in the area,” she said.
She also encouraged the headteacher of St. Andrew’s Primary School to take advantage of the improved learning environment to improve the performance of candidates.
“I will donate 100 iron sheets for renovation of the old classroom blocks to compliment the four new blocks and staff quarters constructed by UEGCL. I hope the headteacher and teachers will work hard this time because we need to register more children in first grade,” Kadaga said.
The Speaker, however, expressed disappointment with the Kamuli district leaders, accusing them of neglecting their role in the development of the district, saying they have abandoned the maintenance of roads.
“We passed the budget for maintenance of roads but roads are in a bad state. The Resident District Commissioner and Chief Administrative Officer are letting government and the communities down,” she said.
Kadaga also cautioned the communities to observe Standard Operating Procedures to avoid contracting the Covid-19 virus, saying that the virus is claiming many lives as it spreads countrywide.
“I heard that we now have 13 Covid-19 cases in Kamuli district. Let us take all the precautions, I encourage you to wash hands, wear your masks, sanitise and keep social distance,” said Kadaga.
The headteacher of St. Andrew’s Primary School, Sam Kisoko and the Academic Registrar, Lwanyama Technical Institute, Eng. Geoffrey Ngobi, asked Kadaga to continue pushing for the equipping of the new facilities.
“As much as we have made progress, we still need dormitories for both male and female students and furniture,” said Ngobi.
The UEGCL Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Harrison Mutikanga, assured the communities that they will partner with the Ministry of Health to equip the health centre.
In response to a request by the Local Council III Chairperson, Mbulamuti Sub-County, Robert Gwaivu, for separate pit latrines for staff of the health centre and patients, Mutikanga said new pit latrines will be constructed before year’s end.
The three facilities were rehabilitated under the UEGCL Community Development Action Programme for Isimba Hydropower Project which started in 2019.