Some services being offered at the Bukoba Municipal hospital which is located at Nshambya Ward, have been suspended due to electric fault, Acting Bukoba Municipal Director, Mr Lukiko Chibunhu, has disclosed. According to Mr Chibunhu, over 2bn/- was needed to re-instal electricity and replace some of the equipments which were destroyed by the fault. He noted that the hospital was functioning as a health centre providing treatment to out- patients from 14 Wards in Bukoba Municipality. Later, we anticipate to build a Maternity Ward,” he said.

He noted that for quite a long time out patients had to report to the Bukoba Referral Hospital resulting in a congestion of patients. Mr Chibunhu urged the residents to utilise the hospital and ensure that the infrastructure was not vandalised. Meanwhile, Izimbya Health Centre in Bukoba Rural District has a shortage of seven nurses while the needed number was 16, the Medical Officer- in-charge, Dr Eban Christian, has disclosed.

He noted that the health centre, which also served as District Designated Hospital (DDH) had nine nurses. “The shortage is hampering efforts to render services to the maximum. We appeal to Bukoba District Council to employ more nurses to fill the gap,” he said. In a separate development, a Primary Court Magistrate at Katoma identified as Charles Rwezaula, was on Thursday arraigned before Bukoba Resident Magistrate’s Court to answer a charge of soliciting 50,000/- bribe.

The Kagera Regional Bureau Chief (RBC) of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), Mr Joseph Mwaiswelo, told reporters that Rwezaula was nabbed by PCCB officials after demanding and receiving 50,000/- from a villager (name withheld). According to Mr Mwaiswelo, the unnamed villager had a pending criminal case C/S No 39/2014 which was being presided over by Rwezaula. On that particular date, Rwezaula allegedly solicited 50,000/- and was caught red handed by PCCB officials. Rwezaula appeared before Bukoba Resident Magistrate Samwel Maweda and pleaded ‘not guilty.’

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