Kutesa, who is the Mawogola North MP, said he would cater for the meals of over 30,000 people expected to attend the celebrations.
INTERNATIONAL LABOUR DAY
SEMBABULE - Foreign affairs minister Sam Kutesa offered close to sh100m to help fund the national Labour Day celebrations underway in Sembabule district at the district playground.
President Yoweri Museveni is presiding over the celebrations as the chief guest.
He commissioned the district women SACCOS initiated by Edith Kutesa and the new National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) line in the district.
The NWSC line connects Kyabi, Rutunku, Lugusulu, Nambirizi, Kabundi, Mijwala and Ssembabule town council.
Over 5,000 trees will also be planted in Ssembabule town council and Kakinga dam, in Lwemiyaga, as part of the celebrations.
Kutesa, who is the Mawogola North MP, said he would cater for the meals of over 30,000 people attending the celebrations.
During the preparation meeting on April 29, at the district headquarters, Kutesa grilled the district authorities for failing to account for the initial sh21m he had provided for the function.
This was after the district finance officer, John Musinguzi, said they needed more money to complete the works at the playground.
Kutesa said the contribution of 1,000 litres of fuel from Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), the sh8m from the district, sh12m from the labour ministry and machinery from China Rail Company on top of the sh21m, was sufficient to complete the task.
This year’s Labour Day celebrations are being be held under the theme ‘Promoting the public spirit in the public sector’
According to the ministry of Gender, the theme calls upon all public servants to act in the interest of the public they serve.
This means that public officials must perform their functions and duties, and also exercise any discretionary powers, in ways that promote the public interest.
About Sembabule district
Sembabule District is a district in the Central Region of Uganda. The town of Sembabule is the site of the district headquarters. Other urban centers in the district include Lwemiyaga and Ntuusi.
Sembabule is bordered by Mubende to the north, Gomba to the northeast, Bukomansimbi to the east, Lwengo to the south, Lyantonde to the southwest, and Kiruhura to the northwest. The town of Sembabule is about 48km northwest of Masaka town.
Sembabule was carved out of Masaka in 1997. The district is generally a rural district that receives relatively low rainfall and has long dry spells. This greatly affects agriculture, but cattle keeping is not seriously affected. Some cattle are reared on ranches. Ranching and dairy farming are the backbone of the district's economy.
In 1991, the national population census estimated the district population at 144,040. The 2002 national census estimated the population at 180,050, with an annual growth rate of 2 percent. In 2012, the population was estimated at 219,600.
Agriculture is the mainstay of the district economy. Agriculture involves both crop and animal husbandry. Because of the relatively dry climate, cattle ranching for beef and dairy farming are the most important economic activities in the district. Fish farming is being implemented increasingly in the district as well. The produce of the district is marketed in Uganda's larger cities and in area towns including Kampala, Masaka, and Rakai.
In the area around Bwera, there is a site known as Bigo bya Mugenyi, which appears to be the location of human settlement dating back to the late Iron Age (1200 - 1000BC).
Excavations at the site have yielded iron blades (most probably used for harvesting grain), pottery with simple decorations, cattle dung, and post-holes for fencing.