Obongi Residents Petition Museveni Over District Promise

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Residents of Obongi in Moyo district have petitioned President Yoweri Museveni over his pledge of granting the county a district status.

Residents of Obongi in Moyo district have petitioned President Yoweri Museveni over his pledge of granting the county a district status.

The residents led by the area Member of Parliament Hassan Kaps Fungaroo want the president to tell them whether he will this time fulfill his promise because he has been making the promise whenever he goes to campaign in the area.
They handed over their petition to Peter Lokeris, the state minister for mineral development during the annual Obongi day celebrations held in Aliba Sub County in Moyo district on Thursday. To back their demand and remind the President, the residents encouraged school children to carry placards, walk and demonstrate to the minister the seriousness.

On some of the placards, the pupils wrote “end empty promises for Obongi district now” and “why is government using the residents only for votes.”

While presenting the petition, MP Fungaroo said that since 2001 President Museveni has visited the area three times while canvassing for votes and promised that he will grant Obongi a district status.

Fungaroo says the County is faced with numerous problems that can only be addressed if it is granted a district status.

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Moyo LC 5 chairman Jimmy Vukoni said the district council had already passed a resolution recommending parliament to make Obongi a district.
He says many civil servants posted by Moyo don’t want to work in the area located 60 kilometers from Moyo town.

While presiding over the celebrations, Minister Peter Lokeris siad government will study the people’s demands and see how they can be addressed.

The annual Obongi day was marked under the theme “Bridging the gaps along the way from local natural resources to local economic development”. Obongi days was initiated by the local residents and their leaders some four years. Ends


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