Appalling Roads, Water Crisis Dominate Liberation Day Celebrations in Kisoro

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Abel Bizimana, the Kisoro District Chairperson, says although Museveni garnered overwhelming support in the district during the just concluded polls, voters have started losing trust in him due to unfulfilled pledges.

Complaints of the appalling state of the tourism roads and the severe water crisis dominated the belated National Resistance Movement-NRM Liberation day celebrations in Kisoro district.  
 

The NRM Liberation day is marked annually on January 26, 2016. This year's national celebrations were held in Masindi district. However, in Kisoro District the NRM liberation anniversary celebrations were held on February 3rd, 2017 at Kabindi Secondary School in Nyarusiza sub County.

 
 
During the celebrations, most of the local leaders complained about the failure by President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to fulfill his pledges of upgrading tourism roads and extend safe water to the communities.
 
 
While addressing the congregation, Jackson Niyonzima, the Nyarusiza sub county Chief, complained on the poor state of tourism roads in the district especially the one connecting Kisoro-Kabindi to Mgahinga National park and Kisoro to Rubuguri in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
 


He also said government is yet to honor the president's pledge to extend safe water to the community. He was supported by Sam Bitangaro, the Bufumbira South County legislator. 



He explained that President Museveni promised to tarmac tourism roads during the NRM party primaries and 2016 general campaigns but to date nothing has been done. He also said Nyakabande, Nyarusiza, Bukimbiri, Muramba sub counties and Kyanika and Bunagana town boards are in dire need of safe water.

 
According to Bitangaro, currently, the communities depend on unsafe water from swamps, adding that people spend more time trekking long distances to fetch water compared the time they spend on production.
 

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Abel Bizimana, the Kisoro District Chairperson, says although Museveni garnered overwhelming support in the district during the just concluded polls, voters have started losing trust in him due to unfulfilled pledges.

 
Justine Kasule Lumumba, the NRM Secretary General who presided over the celebrations, says the party is aware of the unfulfilled pledges in the District.  She calls for patience among residents and their leaders, saying the president will honor his pledges.
 

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She also called on residents to get involved in income generating project that are in line with the Operation Wealth Creation program if they are to kick poverty out of their homes.

 

About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.