- In 2008 the district leaders met President Yoweri Museveni over the same issue of having the County granted a district
- When the district was granted as Maracha-Terego, the locals and politicians had a bitter fight over location of the headquarters
- During the 2016 general election campaigns, President Museveni promised a district for the people of Terego
- It was on this ground that locals worked hard to vote out FDC’s Mr Kassiano Wadri with hopes of getting their district in 2017/18 financial years
Arua- The locals of Terego County are bitter over the failure by government to expedite the operationalization of it as a district.
Terego County, that was earlier included in the list of new districts, was then scrapped off in the last financial year. And during this year’s budget, it has also not been catered for to start operating as a district.
The Councilor for Aiivu, Ms Jesca Candiru told West Nile Press Online that: “I want to ask the people who are now impatient to remain calm as we follow up the matter. They shouldn’t be moved by the budget but wait for July 1, 2019 as stated by the President before taking the next action. The people are not happy because they think they have been duped by government.”
On October 21, 2017 while appearing on Radio Pacis in Arua during the sensitization of land, President Museveni thanked the people of Terego for voting out Wadri and declared Terego district which he said will be operational ‘soon’.
Candiru said there was need to fulfill the pledge of extending electricity and tarmacking of the roads because the district cannot operate without these facilities. Already government has constructed gravity flow scheme in order to provide clean and safe water.
The Female Councilor for Aiivu Sub County, Ms Jesca Candiru Abedi.
But their ambition was held back when Mr Matia Kasaijja, the Minister of Finance never had a mention of Terego district during the recent budget reading. During the 2016 elections, it was then divided into Terego West and Terego East Constituencies in preparation for the district.
“We are so much disappointed as the people of Terego for this empty promise. We thought our proposed district would be incorporated in this budget but there was no say about it at all. We still do not have good roads, adequate water supply, electricity, poorly equipped schools and health centers. So we need this to be expedited soon,” Mr Moses Andama, a local said.
The disagreement over Terego district emerged in 2005 when those from Terego wanted the headquarters to be in Kubala while those from Maracha wanted Nyadri trading center.
It was then decided that Maracha be granted autonomous district and Terego reverted to Arua district.
Another local of Kumoyo village in Owaffa Sub-county, Mr Kizio Asiku, said: “The leaders are no minding of working on especially Cilio Bridge, which has been in sorry state for years. We hope that when the district is granted, it will be included among Bridges that should be reconstructed. It is unfortunate that the leaders even pass on this Bridge and they ignore its status.