Buyaga County and NRM rebel MP, Barnabas Tinkasimire, has crowned President Yoweri Museveni a “fountain of liars”.
The last time we saw Tinkasimire, he was jumping, stamping his feet firmly and wildly as he danced in the excitement of president Museveni’s visit to Kibaale district.
All the same, Tinkasimire was yesterday put off when the minister of Local Government, Adolf Mwesige, brought back a motion for the creation of new districts.
Rubaga South MP, Ken Luyamuzi, reminded Mwesige that the “President in his state of Nation address said creation of new districts was no longer viable” wondering why they had to debate the motion again.
Minister Mwesige was compelled to withdraw the motion saying the creation of new districts would cost Uganda Shs 59bn yet government has no money.
It was at that point that Tinkasimire set out to re-baptize Museveni from “fountain of honour” to a new status and title.
Assuming the duty and powers of a reverend, Tinkasiimire baptized president Museveni a “fountain of liars” for his failure to live up to his promises.
Kibaale Woman MP, Robinah Nabbanja, was outraged pointing out that the people of Kibaale district are marginalized yet they have supported this Government.
“We are tired of being lied too,” she pointed out.
She said the president promised the people of Kibaale another district wondering whether it was in order for the minister withdraw the motion.
The house was beginning to get hotter and hotter; Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa, quickly intervened requesting the Deputy speaker to suspend debate on creation of new districts so cabinet can meet.
Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah, called for calm saying the country would not end today if new municipalities and districts are not created.
He asked the MPs “to sleep over the matter” but the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Hon Wafula Oguttu, had not had his share of the hot debate yet.
Oguttu demanded that Government comes up with a scientific method to prove a criteria on the creation of administrative units.
Oulanyah was forced to save the situation by suspending the debate and asking minister Mwesige withdraw the motion on creation of new districts.
Oulanyah also deferred the debate on creation of municipalities to next week.
Pile of Museveni’s unfulfilled promises
In April 2015, members of the Government Assurances Committee, as part of their nationwide tour visited the West Nile Region to check the status of the Presidential and Government pledges, led by Chairperson Hon. Kassiano Wadri, found that government promised to construct a district hospital and teacher’s quarters at Pakadha Seed SSS, Jangokoro Seed SS and Nyapea SSS but did nothing.
“I feel that the government has not fulfilled 90% of its pledges here,” Hon. Wadri told the house expressing his disappointment over the President and Cabinet making multiple pledges to Ugandans and failing to fulfill them.
The Zombo LC5 Vice Chairperson Ms. Jacqueline Alanyo, testified to the Committee that most of the pledges the President made were not fulfilled making Zombo both hard to reach and hard to reach and stay citing the untarmacked Zombo – Atyak –Warr Road.
Wadri went ahead and listed other government assurances which included supply of an ambulance to Zombo District, upgrading Warr and Paidha Health Centre 3s to Health Centre 4a, supply of hybrid goats and cows to women, construction of the Alur kingdom palace, publishing of Luo History Book, tarmacking of Nebbi –Goli Custom Road, construction of Alala bridge in Erussi, payment of veterans , support of Nebbi business community Information Centre with Acess pool emptier, computer and photocopying machines among many others.
In January 2015, Kabale municipal council officials led by the speaker Richard Muhaguzi called on residents to stage a demonstration during the president’s visit to express their dissatisfaction with him for neglecting their area.
The municipal officials accused Museveni of failing to fulfill key pledges he made in 2010 including; tarmacking of the Kabale-Mbarara and Kabale-Kisoro roads link, which crosses through the Central Business District, the road connecting Katuna road to the Catholic diocese and the donation of a vehicle to the Kadhi Sheikh Kabu Lule.
In October 2014, the Vice Chairperson of the Government Assurances Committee Hon. Ssasaga Isaias, revealed government promised Karamoja and Teso regions; a tarmac road, construct schools, providing school buses and school trucks, restock Teso and Karamoja regions following the loss of animals during the Kony war, demarcate the Katakwi and Karamoja border to stop conflicts but they haven’t done it.
“Actually, I feel government has not fulfilled 90% of its pledges here,” Hon. Ssasaga said.
Katakwi LC5 Chairman Mr. John Robert Ekongot, testified to the Committee that most of the pledges of the President were not fulfilled making Katakwi both hard to reach and hard to stay.
“All the roads in Katakwi are in poor conditions and they need to be worked on and upgraded to tarmac. The government assured us that they will tarmac roads and now we cannot connect to Karamoja and Abim districts thus making Katakwi district landlocked in our landlocked country,” Mr. Ekongot said.
He added that lack of accommodation, congestion of patients due to inadequate ward space, and the rising cost of living has led to the high staff turnover in hospitals especially doctors and urged government to check on the staffing of health workers in the district.