Gov’t urged to always follow up projects established by partners

By APN Reporter

The Executive Director of African International Christian Ministry Denis Mucunguzi has asked District local governments to always make follow-ups on projects established by the Development partners even after the phasing out of the program, in order to help the community.

He was yesterday speaking in Kashenyi village in Rubaya Sub County, during the stakeholders monitoring meeting on Evaluation of the project dubbed “Striking a balance developing a green Economy around Lake Bunyonyi basin” which is phasing out this year, implemented by Self help Africa organization and Africa African International Christian Ministry with support from Irish, in the areas around Lake Bunyonyi including Muko Sub county in Rubanda district, Rubaya and Butanda sub counties in Kabale district to reduce on siltation from agricultural practices around Lake Bunyonyi.

Mucunguzi said that they have spent about 2.5 billion shillings for the five years the project has existed by giving grants to members of village natural resource management committees, supporting farmers on bee keeping, mushroom growing, and sensitizing farmers on soil and water conservation technologies including digging up trenches, and checkdams, and establishment of farmer field schools among others, therefore the respective district local governments should monitor what has been implemented. He added that the district should implement the bylaw which the district councils passed conserving Lake Bunyonyi Basin.

The Kabale District Senior Assistant Secretary who is also the district clerk to council Gordon Manzi who represented the district chief administrative officer Fred Kalyesubula commended Self help Africa and AICM is putting up visible projects and promised district’s commitment to guard them. He however asked the sub county leaders to implement the law by punishing those who will break the bylaw.

Under this bylaw to regulate, enforce proper and effective Biodiversity, soil and water conservation within Lake Bunyonyi Basin; any person who contravenes any provision of these bye-laws commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding two currency points or to imprisonment not exceeding three months or both.