Bukoba — THE Karagwe District Council has been directed to settle over Sh3 billion being outstanding claims by public servants including salary arrears and other allowances.
The decision was reached during a full council meeting held at Kayanga town, in the district, over the weekend. The councillors unanimously agreed that the outstanding claims should be settled by the Karagwe council and should not be transferred to the newly established Kyerwa District Council.
The meeting also discussed at length the distribution procedure of movable and immovable assets between the two councils. Karagwe District comprises 40 wards while Kyerwa District has 12 wards.
During the exercise, Kyerwa council got nine motor vehicles and 17 motor cycles while Karagwe council retained 20 vehicles and 33 motor cycles. Karagwe District Executive Director, Bosco Ndungulu, said the distribution procedure was according to allocation by the Ministry for Local Governments and Regional Administration (TAMISEMI).
Meanwhile, district councils in Kagera have been advised to set aside enough funds for the construction of libraries in rural areas to enable people access reading materials. The Kagera Regional Librarian, Faustine Kato, made the appeal in Bukoba Municipality on Monday, adding that apart from the Bukoba centre and another in Biharamulo District, the remaining districts of Muleba, Ngara, Karagwe, Kyerwa and Misenyi lacked library facilities.
He noted that lack of libraries negatively affected people's development as most of them had fallen back to illiteracy.
And, most of the youths waste time drinking illicit liquor and local brew "rubisi" and could benefit if there were libraries in their localities, where they could get newspapers, and books. Mr Kato said primary and secondary school students could also improve their performance through use of libraries.