Bunyoro Parliamentary Forum sets out tough regional demands for government|GMEPA NEWS

MP. Barnabas Tinkasiimire (L) addressing residents residents of Buliisa district on Saturday at district head office along side his coleagues

Augustus Bigirwenkya


The Members of Parliament from five districts of Bunyoro have outlined several demands aimed at developing five districts of Masindi, Hoima, Kibaale, Kiryandongo and Buliisa.

The demands were unveiled during victory celebrations for two Members of Parliament for Buliisa district who were elected in the recently concluded elections. The celebrations were organized by Biraahwa Stephen Mukitale, the MP for Buliisa Constituency and Norah Bigirwa Mutiti, the woman MP for Buliisa district and held at Bullisa district headquarters on Saturday and was attended by their colleagues from Bunyoro.

Bintu Jalia Lukumu, Masindi district woman Member of Parliament who is also vice chairperson for Bunyoro parliamentary caucus said that, this time round they will not accept to be taken for a ride as people of Buyoro.

“In 9th parliament, we approved government request to borrow money for construction of a road stretching from Kigumba in Kiryandongo district to Bulima in Masindi district. It is now two years since the approval was made and we are very much disappointed and dismayed that up to date construction has never taken place and there is no contractor on the ground”, she lamented.

Bintu said they want Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to explain where the money went and government together with its relevant bodies to investigate into the matter or else they will camp at president’s office and at the Office of Prime Minister demanding for the road.

She called upon the people of Bunyoro to give them support when time for demonstration comes because Bunyoro has a lot of wealth including oil that is attracting very many people into the area hence a need for service delivery.

Bintu also said that, they want President Yoweri Musveni o give Bunyoro a slot of the prime minister.

Speaking at the same function, Barnabas Tinkasiimire, the chairperson Bunyoro parliamentary forum questioned to know why people in Bunyoro were losing land to oil companies while government is watching.

He believes that, people who were displaced due to oil activities were not adequately compensated and should be therefore restored to their pieces of land. Tinkasiimire also wants central government to increase budget share for Bunyoro region.

On the other hand, Stephen Biraahwa Mukitale wants Bunyoro to be granted a regional tier status as more two new districts will soon be granted.