- Some of the pledges were made decades ago
- The main ones include completion of upgrading of Arua airfield, tarmacking of various roads and Bridges across the region and construction of district hospitals among others
- Non-fulfillment of the Presidential pledges is dragging the region behind in development
- Some of the pledges like electricity supply, completion of Vurra-Arua-Koboko Oraba road and Karuma-Pakwach-Arua roads
- Moyo-Adjumani leaders demand for a Bridge on R. Nile as the ferry limits movement of people and services
West Nile. The district leaders in the region are demanding for the unfulfilled pledges that have been in the Presidential manifestos for years.
During a regional meeting on Tuesday on follow-up of the manifestos, the district leaders said the fulfillment of the pledges was stifling development of the region.
The LC5 Chairman of Zombo district, John Urwiny, said: “We had been promised on tarmacking of the 104 kilometer road from Goli-Zeu and the Okeyo to Padea border post and Zombo-Atyak to Ulu border, but this has not been done. These roads can enable us do proper cross border trade with DRC, but these have not been fulfilled.”
He said there was need to fulfill the pledges of constructing a district hospital, which according to the NRM manifesto, each district is supposed to have a hospital. But the locals in Zombo rely on Catholic owned St Luke Nyapea hospital. The district does not also have a health center IV but has six health center IIIs in six Sub-counties, leaving seven of them without a health center III.
Top: Inmates from Ojigo prisons in Wadelai Sub-county pushing a car for SAGE progam in a muddy road. While a ptient at Erussi Health center on her bed. Some of the Presidential pledges have not been fulfilled. Photos by Felix
The Arua Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Peter Debele said there was need to keep on pushing for the fulfillment of then manifestos in order to improve service delivery. “Although some of the roads have been done in the district, we still have roads from Wadelai to Ajia that have not yet been done. Even the one from Wandi connecting to Pawor, has remained in bad state,” he said.
In response, the Director Manifestos in Office of the President, Willis Bashaasha, said: “Most of the promises are to be translated into services and we shall also continue tracking the promises that have been fulfilled and those that are not so that people can have the services. Make sure that there are no personal differences in delivering the services.”
The connection of electricity in the various district have partly been fulfilled although not to the expectation of the voters and leaders due to the intermittent supply. In Arua there has been fulfillment of the 92 kilometer road of Vurra-Arua-Koboko-Oraba road that has been tarmacked with a funding of Shs 139 billion from World Bank.
Last week, the MP for Obongi County, Hassan Kaps Fungaroo, said: “There is a deliberate move by this government to marginalize the region because upgrading of the airfield is taking long to be complete, Obongi has never been connected to electricity yet there is potential of setting up fish processing factories for economic benefit of the people. So why should government talk about poverty alleviation when these services are missing?”