While addressing campaign rallies in Terego East, Maracha and Maracha East Counties on Tuesday, Candidate Yoweri Museveni disclosed his plans to tarmac additional roads connecting Arua, Yumbe, Moyo, Adjumani and Atiak districts.
He singled the Koboko-Yumbe highway as one of the roads on his priority list for tarmacking. Museveni noted that the infrastructure in West Nile region has steadily improved under his leadership compared to past regimes. He however, criticised residents for failing to take advantage of the improved road infrastructure and electricity to boost their economic status.
"If the road is tarmacked and you remain poor, the poverty you left at home will continue to wait for you without bringing you any change," Museveni he noted. He appealed to the residents to start engaging in commercial farming, business and devise other means to boost their income so as to be able to enjoy government developments in their area.
Museveni said it was time for people in West Nile to share the experience of recovering from the insurgencies. "If there was no war in Sudan and Congo, the people of Arua would have developed more. When we tell the people to follow NRM, they should stop religious, tribal and individual differences and move on with development," Museveni said.
"We wasted time in the 1960's, 1970 and 1980's to fight wars and now we have attained peace, which all Ugandans should embrace," he added. He said it is time that Ugandans join hands to fight poverty and create wealth adding that, that is why his party has prioritised the fight against poverty.