21 February 2013

Uganda: Buyende Angry At Museveni's Empty Promises

Buyende District Chairman Michael Kanaku has vowed to lead a 10-man protest delegation to State House to claim the unfulfilled presidential pledges since 1986.

Kanaku made the revelation at an event in Kidera recently at which Speaker Rebecca Kadaga presided.

"We shall storm your office in early March, seeking direction to State House to remind and express our dissatisfaction with the president for the numerous promises he has made to this area," Kanaku said.

Kanaku said his constituents are unhappy about the failure to set up a ferry at Lake Kyoga, the poor state of health centres and the road from Kamuli town to Kidera.

"Since our elevation to a district [in 2010], we have never received any ambulance and have now resorted to establishing health-centre IIs contrary to the established programme of empowering health centre IIIs and IVs, since we lack the capacity," he added.

He was speaking during the launch of a communication and mobility access programme for Village Health Teams funded by a local NGO, First African Bicycle Information Organization (FABIO). The residents also want the government to intervene and remove water hyacinths, now choking the Nile river, where it pours into Lake Kyoga, hampering fishing.

In response, Kadaga promised to lead the delegation to the president over the pending promises.

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