During the recent Bushenyi district budget conference held at the district multipurpose hall, it was revealed that Bitooma and Kakanju sub-counties have the highest poverty rates in the district.
The overall poverty level in Bushenyi district stands at 12.8%, with Bitooma leading at 22.2%, followed by Kakanju at 21.3%, Kyamuhunga at 16.3%, and Ruhumuro at 14.8%.
Apollo Lee Kakonge, the director of the West Ankole Civil Society Forum, emphasized the importance of using such budget conferences to address the increasing poverty levels in the district. He attributed the poverty issues to factors like laziness, low literacy levels, and alcohol abuse.
Kakonge also called upon the district’s education department to tackle the challenges affecting government primary schools in Ruhumuro and Kakanju. These challenges include pupils sharing latrines with teachers, insufficient classroom space, and high school dropout rates, which he suggested result from parental negligence.
In addition, John Nyakahuma, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Bushenyi, stated that in the upcoming financial year, the district is prioritizing interventions related to agricultural production, value addition, and the development of policies aimed at improving tea production.