Museveni assures Teso on electricity

KABERAMAIDO- Wrapping up the first leg of his campaign in Teso sub-region, President Museveni yesterday declared that only four districts in Uganda now remain without electricity.

Reminding voters that his government had overseen the extension of electricity deep into rural outposts like Teso’s Amuria, Mr Museveni told a rally at Orungo Primary School in Orungo County, Amuria District that only Kaabong, Nwoya, Kotido and Buvuma districts remain unconnected to the national power grid.
Without giving any time-frame, Mr Museveni promised that three of these districts will soon be connected to the grid.

“Some people think you can do all things at the same time. That is wrong planning. All districts now have electricity except four – Kaabong, Kotido, Buvuma and Nwoya. Soon, Kotido, Kaabong and Nwoya are getting electricity. This leaves only Buvuma. We are able to do this because of prioritisation. We want to put emphasis on roads and electricity,” he said.

Mr Museveni also said all major roads around Uganda have been tarmacked save for the stretch connecting Teso to Karamoja and northern Uganda.

Urging patience over the long-standing issue of compensation to those who lost cattle to Karimojong rustlers, Mr Museveni again sought respite in his pet subjects of electrification and road construction, saying emphasis was first placed on the two sectors before embarking on other problems like poverty.

“All the major roads that we wanted to tarmac are now tarmacked. We are now looking at the roads in the other category of prioritisation,” Mr Museveni said.

At Orungo, the President vaguely suggested that he supported the carving of Orungo County out of Amuria District in order to resolve a dispute between Amuria County MP Musa Ecweru and former Army Commander Jeje Odong, who were both previously interested in contesting for the Amuria NRM flag. Both individuals are junior ministers in Mr Museveni’s government.

“As you know I am a cattle-keeper and as a cattle-keeper, when bulls are fighting, you separate them. I heard that some bulls were fighting and I separated them. Now Orungo is here and Amuria is here,” Mr Museveni said.


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