Kalungu district leaders fight over Shs500m World Bank grant

A bitter row among Kalungu district leaders is threatening the implementation of a Shs 500m World Bank funded project to upgrade Kabaale-Muguluka Health Centre II to Health Centre III status.

The district is among the local governments that received funds from the Ministry of Health under a World Bank funded project to improve and increase effective health services delivery in the country.

The Kalungu project is intended to benefit the communities of Kabaale, Maguluka, Lusango, Kyamuliibwa, Namasavu, Bunoga, Kiryankuyege, Kiwaawo, Kisaana among others.

But it has turned out into a curse for the district, given the fights that erupted the moment the district received the funds.

The fights were manifested during last week’s district council meeting after a section of councillors accused the district chairman Richard Kyabaggu of being part of a ploy to misappropriate the money.

Kyabaggu had proposed to the council to resolve to relocate the facility from Kabaale-Maguluka village to Kigasa village; over 12km away on grounds that the land at Muguluka is not enough for a health centre III.

His suggestion was rejected by the councillors on suspicion that Kyabaggu had ill intensions.

They said that the same landlord who initially allocated land for HCII in Kabaale-Maguluka was willing to offer them more for expansion of the HCIII project.

They alleged that Kyabaggu and the finance secretary Twaha Biriggwa were conniving with intent to misappropriate the funds.

Some councillors stormed out of the council meeting forcing the district speaker Abdul Bbaale to adjourn the sitting.

According to Irene Nannyanzi (Lukaya Town Council), the funds were released to upgrade Kabaale-Maguluka HCII to HCIII not to relocate the facility elsewhere.

Charles Mutebi (Kalungu Sub County), relocating the facility would burden residents due to the long distance.

“We shall not accept any of their plans. We shall only stick to the original plan, come rain, come sunshine,” Mutebi argued.

Steven Muwanga (Kalungu Town Council) wondered why a section of the technical officials sided with Kyabaggu to draw such plan yet the ministry was clear as to where the health centre should be.

The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Fiida Nabirye expressed fears that if the fights persist, Ministry of Health may be forced to withdraw the funding.