Kabarole budgets Shs12b for new Bunyangabu District

Friday March 3 2017


KABAROLE. Kabarole District local government has earmarked Shs12.7 billion to facilitate operations of the new Bunyangabu District in the next financial year.
Bunyangabu District will be operational effective July 1.
It was carved out of Kabarole District last year. Kabarole will now remain with Burahya County and Fort Portal Municipality.
The district chairman, Mr Richard Rwabuhinga, on Tuesday told council: “We have presented the budget estimates for the newly-created district of Bunyangabu amounting to Shs12,758,591,000. Bunyangabu District will start operating effective July 1, 2017.”
Bunyangabu, whose area MP is Defence minister Adolf Mwesige, is already experiencing a beehive of activities as parliamentary aspirants are warming up on the ground, including minister of State for Gender Peace Mutuzo and Kabarole deputy Resident District Commissioner Rose Monday Byabasaija, who are aspiring for Woman MP seat.
Bunyangabu comprises Rwimi, Kibiito, Buheesi, Kiyombya, Kisomoro, Kabonero, Kateebwa sub-counties and Rwimi, Kibiito and Rubona town councils.
Kabarole that earlier had Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa and Kamwenge districts carved out of it, will remain with Mugusu, Karangura, Karambi, Bukuuku, Kicwamba, Harugongo, Kasenda, Hakibaale, Kabende, Busoro, Ruteete sub-counties and town councils of Karago, Kiko, Kyamukube, Mugusu, Kijura and Fort Portal municipality.
On Tuesday, Kabarole District local government laid the budget estimates of Shs20. 1 billion for the next financial year, prioritising education sector, administration and health.
This is down from the current budget of Shs32 billion due to the breakaway of Bunyangabu leading to the reduction of government funding to Kabarole District.
The secretary for finance, planning and administration, Mr Peter Musinguzi said: “Out of Shs20.1 billion, the central government transfers will constitute 96.7 per cent, local revenue 2.2 per cent and donors contribution about 1.1 per cent.”
He said the education sector has been allocated Shs8.4 billion, administration and health, Shs3 billion respectively, followed by works and engineering with Shs1.5 billion, community-based services, Shs1.5 billion, and internal audit, Shs135 million.
Musinguzi added: “This budget (2017/18) focuses on increasing production and productivity in the primary growth sectors of the economy such as agriculture and tourism, supporting private sector development, enhancing infrastructure development and efficiency in service delivery at all levels.”