West Nile Leaders Want Museveni to Fulfill UGX11B Pledges

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Leaders in West Nile have launched a fresh appeal to President Yoweri Museveni to fulfill his presidential pledge amounting to 11.8 billion shillings he made during his political rallies in the region.

Leaders in West Nile have launched a fresh appeal to President Yoweri Museveni to fulfill his presidential pledge amounting to 11.8 billion shillings he made during his political rallies in the region.

The leaders under their umbrella, MAYANK Development Association, say that between 2001 and 2011 while on his presidential campaigns in the region, President Museveni promised to provide 32 tractors with accessories to the districts in West Nile for agricultural modernization.

The leaders also say the president promised to supply 10,000 modern bee hives to support Apiary farming in the region which he has failed to full fill up to date.

Other pledges include establishment of 5 units of fish fryer centres and supply of eight units of rice haulers.

Led by Hassan Fungaroo, the Obongo County Member of Parliament, the leaders said that its time for the president to fulfill his pledges because people in the region have over-waited.

He says as leaders they need to follow up on the president’s pledges and directives for West Nile region, which he says totals up to 11.8 billion shillings.

According to Fungaroo, they are waiting for the 32 tractors with accessories worth 4.1 billion shillings, 10,000 modern bee hives worth 725 million shillings and 8 haulers worth 2.4 billion shillings.

The leaders met on Thursday at Paidha Cultural centre, Paidha Town Council in Zombo district to discuss the matter. The meeting attracted nearly all the MPs, district chairpersons and members of the civil society organizations in the region.

But Fred Jachan Omach, the state minister for finance says that some of the pledges made by the president have been delivered, only that they have not been taken care of.

He cited construction of district headquarters in Maracha, Arua-Koboko-Oraba road that is under construction and road equipments given to all the districts in the region as some of the examples.

The issue of presidential pledges has generated debate this year with some people complaining after waiting for over a decade for President Museveni to deliver on the pledges. In August this year, MPs from the eastern region embarked on a massive campaign to have all presidential pledges since 1996 fulfilled.
Led by Soroti Municipality MP and former minister Mike Mukula, they compiled a list of over 500 unfulfilled pledges which they presented to President Yoweri Museveni.

The MPs from Bugisu, Bukedi, Teso and Busoga argued that if not fulfilled, their support and that of the ruling NRM party would be at stake come 2016.
Mukula cited the unfulfilled pledges as the reason at least 13 ministers lost in the 2011 elections.

In the ongoing probe into the mismanagement of more than 50 billion shillings meant for post war recovery in Northern Uganda, it emerged that part of the money was diverted to fulfill a presidential pledge in Teso sub region.

The Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister told the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that more than 6.2 billion shillings was used to supplement the procurement of a ferry President Museveni had promised to the people of Teso.