President Yoweri Kaguta Museven, also National Resistance Movement party presidential candidate, is on Monday set to meet party leaders in Rukungiri district, Kigezi sub-region as part of his scientific campaigns.
Gen. Museveni will meet and address a select team of NRM leaders and flag bearers of Rukungiri and Kanungu districts and will lay bare key achievements the NRM has registered and other development strategies for the area he intends to achieve once re-elected.
Rukungiri district has relatively good roads many of which are tarmacked. The government is also continuing its efforts to improve road infrastructure in the district.
Upgrading of Rukungiri-Kihihi-Ishasha/Kanungu (78.5km) road is underway. The project is funded by Government of Uganda and Africa Development Bank to a tune of Shs207.8 billion. Road works commenced on 5 November 2018 and scheduled to be complete on 4 November 2021.
Works on 6.10 Km of town roads in Rukungiri and Kanungu districts will be undertaken in addition to the main project. They are currently under design.
The other ongoing road projects include Rwabuteera-Kanyanshande Spur, Katojo-Kihihi, Kanungu-Kihihi-Ishashanje and Kanyantorogo.
Rukungiri has a total of 173 government-aided primary schools distributed in at least 79 out of 80 parishes in the district; all these schools offer Universal Primary Education programme. The UPE in Rukungiri has a total enrollment of 55,379 pupils. However, the NRM policy in the next five years will be focusing on construction of primary schools in parishes without a government primary school.
In secondary education, the district has a total of 24 government secondary schools with an enrollment of 13,737 students. The NRM policy is to have a government secondary school in every sub-county and government will construct a new school in Kebisoni sub-county and expand Nyakishenyi High school in Nyakishenyi Sub-county.
With the education liberalization policy of the NRM government, many private schools have been established in Rukungiri. Currently the district has 143 private primary schools and 28 private secondary schools with an enrollment of 25,271 and 6,742 students respectively.
The district has the following technical institutes; Rukungiri Technical Institute, Uganda Martyrs Technical Institute and Rukungiri PTC. These technical institutes equip students with the required skills for job market to reduce joblessness.
Thedistrict has a total of 65 health centre IIs, 16 health centre IIIs, 05 health centre IVs and 02 hospitals and all the above health units are fully functional. Kitimba health centre II in Western division was upgraded to health centre III.
The Construction of Health Centre IIIs is at completion stage in the two sub counties of Kebisoni and Buyanja.
Out of the 16 sub-counties in Rukungiri, 15 are connected to the national grid and works are ongoing to extend power to Bwambara Sub-county which is not yet connected.
The NRM government says it will continue investing in strategic sectors, either directly or by co-investing with the private sector.
So far under Youth Livelihood Programme, Shs.160 billion has been given out to various youth groups. In Rukungiri, a total of 151 youth projects have been funded with at least 1,339,776,400, benefiting a total 1,725 of which 953 are males and 772 are female. Shs106 billion has also been given out to women groups in the last four years, in the whole country. Rukungiri itself has 123 women projects in both rural and Rukungiri Municipality. Over 900 million have been given out to these womem groups benefiting over 2,000 women in the district.