Unfulfilled Pledges Haunt Museveni's Campaign in Manafwa Top story

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In short
Rose Mutonyi Masaba, the Bubulo West Member of Parliament and NRM party flag bearer says in his last three presidential campaigns in Manafwa, Museveni promised to tarmac the Mbale- Manafwa- Magale-Lwakhakha circular road, but to date nothing has been done.

Unfulfilled pledges by the National Resistance Movement party presidential candidate, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to the people of Manafwa are haunting his campaigns in the district.

Museveni resumes his campaigns in Manafwa today after taking off three days for official duties in Saudi Arabia. Museveni is expected to wind up his campaigns in Bugisu today, with a rally at Bugobero sub county headquarters before heading to Bukedi region.

However, in Manafwa district, Museveni faces an uphill task to retain and attract new voters because of his pending pledges to construct roads and improve on healthcare services.
 
Rose Mutonyi Masaba, the Bubulo West Member of Parliament and NRM party flag bearer, says in his last three presidential campaigns in Manafwa, Museveni promised to tarmac the Mbale- Manafwa- Magale-Lwakhakha circular road, but to date nothing has been done.

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John Musila, the NRM flag bearer for the Manafwa LC V chairperson's seat concurs with Mutonyi. He says they are finding difficulties to convince voters to support Museveni's presidential bid and NRM candidates because of  poor health service delivery.
 
He however, says government has taken some steps to work on Mbale- Manafwa- Magale-Lwakhakha circular road.

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Julius Muzungu, a senior NRM mobiliser in Manafwa says voters are tasking them to explain why some of these promises have not been fulfilled.

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Samuel Masaba, a resident of Bugobero says despite supporting the ruling NRM party overwhelmingly in the previous elections, they have not benefited much from government. According to Masaba, unless Museveni starts fulfilling some of the pending campaign pledges before the elections in February, he doesn't have a reason to vote for NRM party candidates.

The tarmacking of Mbale- Manafwa- Magale-Lwakhakha road, has been appearing in the national budget for the last four financial years but actual work is yet to begin.

A recent report by the Government Assurance Committee of Parliament shows that President Museveni has up to 817 pending pledges, estimated at Shillings 13 trillion, since he captured power in 1986.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.