Residents of Koome Islands in Mukono District, a stronghold for the ruling national Resistance Movement (NRM) for the last 30 years have expressed disappointment that government has not done much to help them access health, education and transport services.
Currently over 50,000 people reside at Koome islands but do not have any government aided Primary School, no access to safe and clean water.
The main island also lacks public toilets with only a health Centre III.
“Children have ended up in fishing due to lack of UPE schools”, the residents told a visiting team of the permanent secretaries of Health Dr Asuman Lukwago, of Local Government John Walala Genda and of Public Service Catherine Bitarakwate Musingirwe.
President Museveni was overwhelmingly voted on the Island in the recently concluded February 2016 elections.
Koome is one of the 84 islands in the Ssese Islands archipelago and constitute Kalangala District. The islands lie in two main groups, the northeastern group and the southwestern group, separated by the Koome Channel.
Koome is the largest island in the northeastern group. Other islands in the same group include: Damba Island, Luwaji Island, Ngamba-Chimpanzee Island, Bulago Island, Kayaga Island and others. This location lies approximately 63 kilometres (39 minutes), by water, northeast of Kalangala, where the district headquarters are located. Koome also lies approximately 35 kilometres by water, southeast of Entebbe, the nearest large town