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Museveni to Visit Kanungu

June 5, 2014

Mark Baguma

To calm public outrage from Kanungu over his unfulfilled pledges, President Yoweri Museveni has offered to visit Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi's home district.

The president announced the working visit on Wednesday, while meeting Kanungu district leaders at his country home in Rwakitura. Kanungu people are demanding the upgrading of the Rukungiri-Kanungu road and the building of the power substation to ensure reliable supply of electricity in the district before the 2016 elections.

According to sources familiar with the meeting, Museveni said the African Development Bank (AfDB) had approved the release of the loan to finance the road works. During his visit, the president is expected to inspect the ongoing

Mitano bridge rehabilitation. The broken bridge has been an eye sore in the district for the last two years. The president will also visit Birara bridge, which is also under construction.

The president also promised to visit tea farmers in the district to ascertain whether the Shs 30 million tea seedlings he donated in 2008 were put to the right use. All through the meeting, sources say, Museveni was visibly happy. He stayed with the delegation led by LC5 Chairperson Josephine Kasya from 5pm to 11pm. Museveni met them after attending the Martyrs day celebrations at Namugongo.

Museveni said Uganda's problem was rural people's failure to use the many interventions the government has put in place to fight poverty. As a result, he said, people's incomes have remained low. The president was last in Kanungu in June 2012 when he commissioned the Ishasha hydro power station and was supposed to visit again on May 23 2014 to officially open the Uganda Nursing School Bwindi but did not turn up.

It is on this basis that the people of Kanungu said the president must visit them. Some of the local leaders demanded medals on national days. In response, the president urged them to always submit the names of the deserving people to the verification committee in time so that they are recognized.

However, the delegation to Rwakitura didn't include some district councilors, led by the District Speaker Charles Beshesya, who said it was a waste of time to meet President Museveni when most of his pledges have not been met over the years.

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Source: AllAfrica

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