KOOKI, Rakai, Uganda: Last week, the Kooki Cultural Leader, His Royal Highness the Kamuswaga Apollo Ishansa Kabumbuli II Rwampanja summoned an extra-ordinary meeting at his Rakai-based palace. What had been designed for a meeting turned into a semi-party of a kind.
After all ministers’ submissions in respect to their departments as well as evaluating the last 13th Coronation anniversary held at Kiziba Sub county on 15th last month, the Kamuswaga served lunch to his lieutenants over which, he announced that he had elected tarmacking of Rakai Town Council roads in the place of financial compensation from Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).
The government of Uganda has finalized plans to widen the 21Km road from Kyotera to Rakai Town Council. Town Council roads all over the country are not a responsibility of the Central government. However, Rakai Town Council’s annual roads’ quarter has never abled them to tarmac the dusty roads for years now and hence, the Kamuswaga’s intervention.
In the several consultative meetings he had with a number of technical advisers, the Kamuswaga insisted that much as the roads are a responsibility of the incapacitated Rakai Town Council, his decision to forego the financial compensation for physical roads’ construction should take precedence over the unfair protocol. He chose to send a team to the UNRA boss, Allen Kagina.
About a fortnight ago, the five-member delegation led by Kooki Prime Minister Ahmed Kiwanuka and Kooki Member of Parliament Boaz Kasirabo traveled to meet Kagina. Their message was that the Kamuswaga had jammed to receive any financial but physical roads’ compensation. Raising the issue of Town Councils’ independence, Kagina made a few consultations with her technical team.
After the consultations, the UNRA boss told the royal representatives that the Authority had agreed to the Kamuswaga’s wish and that three kilometers covering the town council would be constructed. “Though we have slightly more than the three kilometers, the offer will cover the biggest percentage of the roads in the prime areas surrounding the royal palace,” Kiwanuka said.
To this day, residents of Rakai Town Council still throng the palace to thank their leader for his selflessness towards their welfare. “The Kamuswaga’s target is to help his people to develop. Our motto is ‘for Culture and Development’ so whatever we do must reflect that element. With fine roads amidst them, development becomes automatic,” Stanley Ndawula, the Kooki Information Minister and official Spokesperson said yesterday.