Ruhama voters list Janet’s 2-term failures


First Lady Janet Museveni


The decision by Janet Museveni, the Ruhama County Member of Parliament to retire from active politics has drawn mixed reactions from her voters.

Last week, the first lady announced her decision not to seek re-election.

The news of Janet Museveni’s decision to retire from active politics has been greeted with both excitement and disappointment amongst her electorate.

Some of the voters in Ruhama County in Ntungamo district accuse the legislator of failing to improve health, education and infrastructure in the constituency during her two-year term.

They particularly cite the poor state of Itojo hospital, which serves a big population in Ntungamo and its surrounding areas.

Denis Muhumuza Savimbi, a councilor in Ruhama County says Itojo hospital lacks running water and has a crumbling ceiling and worn out surgical operation table.

He says they expected Janet Museveni to use her position as area MP and first lady to refurbish the hospital in vain.

Kaceene Namanya, a resident of Kitwe Sub County says they have tried to protect the 1.3 billion Shillings water pump station about 1 Kilometers away from the hospital in vain due to lack of political support from their leaders including the area Member of Parliament.

Despite the fact that the First Lady provided clean water in Kizara in Ntungamo sub county, residents hold her accountable for failing to fulfill her pledge to uplift education standards.

Januario Katete says Janet Museveni hasn’t fulfilled her pledge to improve the structures at Kizara Primary school and install a maize milling machine in the area.

Scovia Kentaro, a teacher at Kizara Primary school says they still operate in muddle and wattle classrooms.

She says pupils sit on bare ground.

Other voters accuse the MP of failing to improve feeder roads and ensuring the tarmacking of Ntungamo- Miramahill road.

However, a section of voters in Kikoni parish are disappointed by the decision of the MP not to seek re-election in the 2016 polls saying they will miss her good representation in parliament.

Herbert Kasasira, the LC I chairman Ruguma cell the home village of Janet Museveni credits The First Lady for extending power to remote areas and turning the parish into a model village.

He says this has helped many people to engage in income generating activities such as commercial farming, goat rearing and piggery.

Kasasira says that although their MP is the First Lady, people could easily access her.

He says this enabled many children from the constituency to secure employment, which he says will no longer be possible when she quits active politics.

Janet Linda Tumuhairwe, the head teacher Mama Janet Museveni girl’s secondary school in Nakyera Sub County says the first lady has been instrumental in promoting girl child education in the district.


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