Some opposition politicians from the West Nile region have boycotted a meeting of West Nile leaders convened by President Yoweri Museveni in Rwakitura.
Today President Museveni is meeting with more than 50 West Nile leaders to Rwakitura to discuss development in the region. The meeting followed a promise the President made last year in which he promised to convene a development conference to map out ways of lifting the region out of poverty.
However the MP of Terego, Kassiano Wadri, has described the meeting as unproductive. He argues that the meeting is aimed at winning cheap popularity and will not find real solutions to the problem in West Nile.
Kassiano adds that hopes that the divisions in the new Maracha-Terego district over the location of the district headquarters will be resolved in the meeting, will be dashed. He says local leaders and not the President will find a solution to the problem.
The operalization of Maracha-Terego district has failed due a bitter dispute over the location of the district headquarters. While leaders from Terego want the headquarters located in Kubala, politicians from Maracha say Nyadri town is a preferable location.
Also boycotting the meeting is the Padyere County MP, David Ringechan. He said a meeting to discuss West Nile problems in Rwakitura is not only unproductive but also waste of time. He said such meetings are only meant to win cheap favors.
Ringechan said it would have been more ideal if the President traveled to the West Nile region to hold direct discussions with the locals, rather than to invite a select group of leaders to Rwakitura. He said West Nile problems can only be solved through physical intervention and not by proxy.