- Mr Berochan Okorolal, has Bachelor of Laws from Mountain of the Moon University and UPC independent. He says he will focus on how to bridge the unemployment gaps among the youth since there were no upright leaders in the district who could think of bringing opportunities for the youths
- Mr Endrico Opio, attained his Bachelor Degree in food science and Technology at Makerere University and worked with government NGOs and private sectors. Opio who is on independent candidate says he will work towards improving the standard of education in the municipal and improve health sector through lobbying for Ambulance for emergency services in the municipal.
By Okaba Patrick
Nebbi. The approaching elections for Member of Parliament for Nebbi Municipality has seen the old politicians returning to face the new ones, with a task to wake up the sleeping Municipality in development.
The municipality especially in the wards are faced with sorry state of roads, connection to clean and safe water, the poor performance in schools, and many have remained unconnected to electricity. Many of the locals do not access clean water and are not connected to electricity.
One of the voters, Ferdinand Ocircan said the voters need a modern town through infrastructural development. “We are poor because of wrong choice of our political leaders that people chose in elections. We need leaders who can lobby and attract investors in our town for development,” Ocircan said.
He says politicians should dwell much on services delivery but avoid politics of divisionism which is the oldest version of politics. The long awaited elections are slated for July this year.
Nebbi municipality was elevated from town council in June 2016 and has four Divisions of Abindu, Thatha and Central division. So far eight candidates have shown interest in the elections. The Municipality has 35 poling stations.
Another voter, Dorothy Akumu, of Nebbi town says people must learn how to elect leaders because most elected leaders have less impact. “It is unfortunate that most politicians are looking for money for their personal gain rather than service delivery to their electorates and this has promoted mistrust among the people,” he said.
Robert Onega FDC flag bearer and has Bachelor Degree in social works and social administration, said: “Lobbying for project to develop the municipal is one of my top priorities and it is the responsibility of MP to lobby for his people through project proposal writing to attract donors,” Onega said.
FDCs Onega Robert who also contested in the 2016 elections for Padyere County but lost. He returns to the Municipality elections. Photo by Okaba.
According to the returning officer Nebbi, Raymond Kisarale, the commission is prepared to hold the elections for Member of Parliament, Mayor and LC III Chairpersons of the three divisions with a population of 35,029.
“The commission started the process of elections with update which ended today, and the display of voters’ register will start from 7th -28th of next month,” Kisarale said.
Kisarale added that the display of voters’ register will be conducted at the parish level in every polling stations for accessibility of voters to check their names in the register.
He says much as they are preparing for election, he urged the entire populations in the municipal to be calm to portray good image in the coming elections.
The new entrant, Hashim Suleiman one of the intending candidates, who pursued his Bachelor Degree Business Studies at IUIU, is one of the NRM candidates to yet tussle for NRM primaries. “This is the chance to the people Nebbi municipality to filter and elect the competent and reliable leader who is ready account to the people,” he said.
Hashim Suleiman who is taking on the mantle as new entrant in the Municipality race.
He said development is not one-man role, but it’s a collective responsibility with efforts of good leadership.
The former Woman MP for Nebbi district, Dr Betty Udongo Pacutho, said the council need a person with lobbying skills which can attract both national and international donors for the effective mobilization of funds to in order to promote girl child education in the for competitive job market.
She is a science education expert, a girl’s education practitioner and advocate for disadvantaged and vulnerable children and youths.