Jinja Politicians Indicted for Abandoning Own Manifestos

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Unmet deliverables triggering the accusation include; the failure to improve household incomes, failure to provide clean and safe water, poor physical infrastructure, rising levels of unemployment, escalating land wrangles and the poor state of health facilities.

Jinja district residents are accusing their  political leaders of deviating from their Manifestos, the basis of which, they were voted into office.

Unmet deliverables triggering the accusation include; the failure to improve household incomes, failure to provide clean and safe water, poor physical infrastructure, rising levels of unemployment, escalating land wrangles and the poor state of health facilities.

Some of the issues formed part of the citizen's manifesto, a tool used to assess population needs ahead of the general elections in 2011. However, three years down the road, the residents say they are yet to see results or any form of action based on the needs and commitments.

John Mweru, a resident of Masese parish, Walukuba/Masese division faults the area leadership of neglecting the plight of their constituents and making decisions without their input. He says decisions on resettlements and land give always have over the years been taken without any form of consultation from the affected individuals.

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Scolastika Apedereti, a resident of Walukuba estate says leaders promised to lobby for funds for the renovation of the health centre VI in the area but the status of the facility remains unchanged.

Moses Bagalana, a parent at Butiki primary school accuses the area members of Parliament and District chairman of failing to improve the state of education facilities which he says should have been core in improving the general education standards within Jinja.
 
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However Paul Mwiru Jinja East constituency Member of Parliament says that the work of the Member of Parliament is to deliberate, represent the electorate and monitor tax payer's money in parliament which he has done diligently.
 
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Jinja, the second largest town after Kampala serves a catchment area of about 3 million people. However, the town is now a ghost of its past with roads in a very poor state, dilapidated structures, widespread poverty, unemployment, insufficient low-cost housing, malnutrition, unaffordable water and energy supplies, and inadequate health and educational facilities.