The Electricity poles were dropped in Bunyarigi and Ruharo parishes this week by the company contracted to extend power to the areas under the rural electrification program.
Voters in Bushenyi municipality have criticized government for rushing to dump electricity poles in the municipality to influence the forthcoming by-elections. The electricity poles were dropped in Bunyarigi and Ruharo parishes this week by the company contracted to extend power to the areas under the rural electrification program.
When URN visited the areas on Thursday, the electricity poles were lying alongside the major roads connecting the two parishes. In the 2006 and 2011 campaigns, President Yoweri Museveni pledged to extend electricity to the two parishes. However, until this there was no sign that the two areas could get electricity any time soon.
But local people are uncomfortable with the decision by government to drop the electricity poles in the area during the ongoing by-election campaigns. George Nkwasibwe, a voter from Ruharo, says government wants to use the electricity extension to influence the residents to vote for the NRM candidate. Another voter, Ameria Kyomuhangi of Kanyarugyiri faults government for failing to deliver on its pledges in time only to come back during elections with the same campaign pledges. She however says that they will not be swayed by empty promises.
Odo Tayebwa, the FDC candidate in the Ishaka by-election has welcomed the decision by government to fulfill its pledge this time. He asks the electorate to welcome the development saying it is time for them to reap from the government now that he has exerted pressure on their NRM candidate Nasser Basajjabalaba.
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But Basajjabalaba dismisses claims that the power extension is aimed at influencing the outcome of the elections. Mary Karooro Okurut, the information minister and ruling NRM party spokesperson, says the power project has nothing to do with the elections. She explains that the power project has been ongoing.
The Ishaka parliamentary seat fell vacant after the court of appeal nullified the election of Nasser Basajjabalaba over vote bribery. Four candidates are vying for the seat. They include Basajjabalaba, Tayebwa, and Robert Bwarare and Ismail Kikurwe who are all Independents.
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