BY ZALIMON BASIGHALHA (GOODLUCK)
Bukonzo County East Constituency Member of Parliament, Harold Tonny Muhindo, has lauded the Ugandan government for its commitment to developmental infrastructure and service delivery within his constituency. He highlighted several multi-billion-dollar government projects that are currently underway, signifying a positive shift towards progress and prosperity in the region.
One of the prominent projects mentioned by Harold Muhindo is the construction of several high-value bridges. Among these, the Kighenge Bridge on River Nyamughasana stands out as a significant connectivity enhancement, linking Kitabu to Kisinga sub-county. Additionally, the Rwembyo Bridge on River Rwembyo in Kisinga town council, the Kajwenge Bridge on River Kajwenge in Kisinga sub-county, and the Kanyampara Bridge on River Kanyampara in Munkunyu are all under construction, promising improved access and transportation in the area.
The government’s commitment to infrastructure development doesn’t stop at bridges. Harold Muhindo informed the public that the government of Uganda has given the green light to upgrade two vital roads in the constituency. These road upgrades are expected to enhance surface quality and accessibility, further promoting economic growth and connectivity in the region. Moreover, a multi-billion-dollar water gravity flow scheme, funded by the World Bank, is currently in progress, reinforcing the government’s dedication to improving the quality of life for residents.
These developments were disclosed during the 5th Graduation Ceremony of Kagando School of Nursing and Midwifery and Kagando School of Allied Health Sciences. A total of 1140 students received certificates and diplomas in various medical and healthcare disciplines, including theatre techniques, medical laboratory technology, nursing, and midwifery.
During his keynote speech, Harold Muhindo emphasized the critical importance of prioritizing education and healthcare facilities in his constituency. He called upon the government of Uganda to allocate resources and attention to these sectors, acknowledging their pivotal role in the community’s overall well-being.
In line with these sentiments, Eliphaz Muhindi Bukombi, the Kasese District LCV chairperson, urged the Central government to consider providing Hard to Reach allowances to teachers and healthcare workers in the 21 most remote administrative units in Kasese district. This request underscores the necessity of ensuring that essential services are accessible to even the most isolated communities.
In response to these appeals, the State Minister of Primary Health Care, Hon. Margret Muhanga, who also serves as the Member of Parliament representing Fort Port City North Division Constituency, reassured the people of Kasese that she would advocate for their requests within the corridors of high-profile government offices. She commended the district’s residents for their remarkable development efforts, particularly in the challenging mountainous terrain, and praised their positive mindset towards progress.
However, it wasn’t all praise and accolades at the event. Florence Kabugho, the Kasese District Woman Member of Parliament, expressed her discontent with the organizers of district events/functions for consistently excluding female MPs from key speaking roles in the program agenda. She pointed out that despite being elected by the entire district’s population, women MPs often find themselves sidelined in favor of directly elected constituency representatives.
Kabugho’s disappointment was voiced during her participation in a fundraising function at Kagando, where she highlighted the ongoing issue of gender inequality in event programming. She urged organizers to provide equal opportunities for both male and female MPs to address the public at important gatherings.
To support the development of the region, Hon. Kabugho and Hon. Harold each contributed one million Ugandan shillings, while Sowedi Kitanywa donated 500,000 shillings. Dr. Julius Bwambale Monday Rude, the NRM chairperson for Bukonzo County East Constituency, made a significant contribution of 8.5 million shillings towards the construction of a 5 billion shillings library at the proposed Uganda Christian University college in Kagando, further highlighting the community’s commitment to education and progress.