Lack Of Electricity, Poor Health Services Dominate Bukomansimbi Campaigns

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Maurice Peter Kagimu, a contestant for the Bukomansimbi South MP seat blames the absence of power in the district on the election of opposition politicians.

Lack of electricity and poor health services are top in the campaign manifesto of parliamentary candidates in Bukomansimbi district. At least six candidates were nominated on Wednesday to contest for the various parliamentary seats in the district.
These include Suzan Namaganda, the Incumbent Bukomansimbi Woman MP and DP candidate, Iddi Kisiki Lubyayi, an Independent candidate for the newly created Bukomansimbi North and his rivals DP's Yiga Hollix Muwonge and another independent Adam Bazibumbira.
Others are Deo Kiyingi, the DP candidate for Bukomansimbi South and his rival Norah Birimukatonda. The candidates were declared nominated by Rashida Najuka, the Bukomansimbi District Returning Officer.
However, almost all the candidates have tagged their campaign on lack of power and poor health services in the district. Both Iddi Kisiki Lubyayi and Adam Bizibunbira are contesting for Bukomansimbi North.  They have both promised to lobby for power extension too rural areas in Bukomansimbi district.
According to Lubyayi, much as people in rural areas have overwhelmingly supported the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni over the last year, government has failed to extend electricity to their areas. Lubyayi says that once elected into office he will pile pressure on government to provide power to the entire Bukomansimbi North constituency.
He says the absence of power has frustrated the establishment of small scale industries, which would address unemployment.

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His rival Adam Bizibumbira blames the poor education performance in the district to lack of power. He says no school in the entire constituency has power, which means both pupils and students can't do night revision.

Suzan Namaganda, the Incumbent Bukomansimbi Woman MP says the absence of power has worsened health service delivery in the district. Namaganda says Kitanda and Bigasa Health Centre III are limping because of lack of power.
According to Namaganda, she will use her new term parliament to lobby for power extension to the health centers and improved working conditions for the medical workers.
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Maurice Peter Kagimu, a contestant for the Bukomansimbi South MP seat blames the absence of power in the district on the election of opposition politicians. Kagimu claims that he lobbied for extension power to the district in 2011 but his plans failed since he lost in the elections.
He says matters were not helped when he was appointed as Uganda's ambassador to Nigeria making it difficult for him to pursue his plans. Kagimu however, vows to revive his power extension project he is voted this time around.

Joseph Muwulya, a resident of Kitanda says he will only vote for a candidate who will deliver power to his areas. Muwulya says they cannot start any small scale industries such coffee and maize milling plants due to lack of power.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.