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Leaders in Kigezi tasked to plan jointly

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By Perez Rumanzi

Posted  Thursday, January 2  2014 at  02:00

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The convention pledged to help major health centres, but blamed the government for not doing enough in preventing maternal deaths.

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Rukungiri- The Banyakigezi community have asked leaders in Kabale, Kisoro, Rukungiri and Kanungu districts which make up the region to plan together in order to address common problems.

During the 4th annual convention of the International Community of the Banyakigezi Uganda Chapter in Rukungiri Town at the weekend, the Banyakigezi said the districts have similar challenges and opportunities, therefore approaching them jointly would yield best results.

“We must change our mindset, work together and focus on things for the region not for the districts. We are the same people. We have to make our demands known and strategic so that we can be able to transform Kigezi,” Mr Keith Muhakanizi, the Secretary to the Tresuary, said.

The outgoing chairperson of Banyakigezi Uganda Chapter, who is also Bank of Uganda Governor, Mr Tumusiime-Mutebile, said although they were separated by boundaries, they were bound by values which must keep them together.

Focus
The convention focused on tourism development, maternal health, investment, mineral exploration, youth empowerment and employment.
The members launched the Kisizi Falls as a tourist site to promote tourism in the region.

They also launched the Kigezi Home Stay Tourism Association, where residents can use their homes as tourist resorts and alternative accommodation to boost household income.

The convention pledged to help major health centres, but blamed the government for not doing enough in preventing maternal deaths.

“The major problem is that there is no enough funding to this sector (Health). We have many mothers and children who are dying needlessly we are not prioritising health of women and children adequately,” Dr Jotham Musinguzi, the former head of the Population Secretariat, said.

The members elected Dr Peter Ngategize of the Ministry of Finance to replace Mr Tumusiime-Mutebile as chairperson of the Banyakigezi organisation.

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