By Dorothy Nyambubi

MASINDI: A section of leaders in two sub-counties and one town council of Kabongo, Budongo and Nyantonzi sub-counties in Bujenje County, Masindi district have decried high rates of school dropouts saying the population is rampant.

This was disclosed during the launch of honoraria exercise of LC1’s and LC2’s over the weekend, carried out by Masindi Resident District Commissioner, LC5 chairman, Deputy CAO, District Technical team and other leaders which was meant to officially launch and highlight all government programmes like the LC3’s motorcycles among others.

However, during the interaction meeting with different local leaders, numerous issues were raised and among those was Domestic violence, Land conflicts, school drops, lack of latrines and Cane cutter campus mostly in Budongo and Nyantonzi sub-counties.

During the same meeting, the local leaders said LC1’s have failed to perform their duties saying that they have less power to solve some of the issues hence attributing it to district leaders.

While addressing the audience, Mr. Eyotu Sunday the Nyantonzi LC3 Chairperson said there is a high rate of school dropouts in different villages saying parents and guardians need to be sensitized in order to understand the value of Education.

‘’There is a high rate of school dropouts in different villages, parents and guardians need to be sensitized in order to understand the value of Education,’’ he said.

Responding to the Local Leaders, Masindi LC5 chairman Mr. Byaruhanga Cosmas said parents have much engaged school going children with other businesses.

Byaruhanga said it’s the role of the LC1’s to sensitize the parents as to why their children should attend school.

‘’Most parents have abandoned their responsibilities and are engaged in other businesses, they need to be sensitized,’’ said Byaruhanga.

Emmy Ngabirano the Masindi Resident District Commissioner encouraged them to educate their children as one way of kicking out corruption. ‘’You should educate your children as one way of kicking out corruption,’’ he said.

The presidential representative also encouraged people to demarcate their lands in order to mitigate cases of land conflict.

The exercise was graced by the area member of parliament Hon. Kenneth Kiiza Nyendwoha who called upon all residents in Bujenje County to embrace Parish development Model program.

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