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MPs FORUM: Buikwe on the right development track

Norman Muwulize , Buikwe West

Buikwe West is a constituency that hosts all tribes from various parts of the country—including foreigners. This is because we have large sugarcane fields and industries.
My constituency hosts the Mehta Group of companies, including SCOUL that produces sugar, UGMA which mainly produces heavy steel machinery, Uganda Cable Corporation of Uganda Ltd that manufacturers electric cables, and the Uganda Tea Corporation at Kasaku.

The other important companies include Tembo Steel Mills, which manufactures construction iron bars, and Kayanja Horticulture Estates. So the presence of these companies in my area coupled with highly productive fertile soils and the good climate facilitated by Mabira forest, rivers and water falls like Sezibwa Falls has resulted into a high influx of people, especially labourers.

The population in the area is fast growing. But what is good, is the fast development of our town. Lugazi is now a Town Council. And very soon, it might turn into a Municipality.

And we need the municipality status in order to cater for the urban kind of developments and establishments. Because the growth figures in my area are shooting up day by day. We now have a modern university—Lugazi University, which has brought a lot of changes in my area in terms of developments.

The area is now taking shape as far as developments are concerned. Many banks have also set up branches in Lugazi Town. Small-scale businesses have also blossomed. Even our main hospital, Kawolo, is getting sorted out by the government in order to make it suitable for the general public demand within the area. So, with many developments taking shape in our area, I must once again say that we deserve a municipality status.

This area needs to remain in the hands of the right political people. Buikwe requires a clear and focused leadership.

I was elected as an independent in 2006 and have played the politics of harmony even in situations that threaten to degenerate into divisions and hatred. And I must say that my practice of politics has got a huge bend towards the NRM doctrine.

I have enjoyed the Movement politics since my entry into elective politics at Mukono District Council as a representative of Lugazi Town Council, from 2002 to 2005. And this relationship with NRM has been superb. I am proud of my political achievements.

Top on the list of my many achievements is the role I have played in pushing for the creation of Buikwe District. Also, my campaign for road safety, especially on the Kampala-Jinja highway that is well-known for frequent accidents, has now yielded results.

The Ministry of Works and Transport has now embarked on road improvement strategies, mainly targeting black-spots on the road. And I also appeal to the ministry to quickly fix the Mabira stretch that has remained the main death trap for quite a while. This also brings me back to the issue of giving back-up to Kawolo Hospital.

Kawolo Hospital being a vital medical centre on this accident-prone road needs more ambulances. I have already managed to secure two emergency ambulances for the hospital. But I am still advocating further government interventions in order to revamp our hospital. I also call on government not to only look at Kawolo.

I am convinced that people, and the youth in particular, need special strategies for employment and empowerment. These young people need to grasp ways on how they can best improve their household incomes. We need to sensitise people on how they can best tap the Prosperity-for-All funds.

This is something we can achieve as an area if we develop ways through which our people can improve their household incomes. I am happy that this message of household income generation has been the catch phrase of H.E. Yoweri Museveni as he traversed Mukono District during his NAADS tour.

So for me, I will do all it takes to promote respect amongst leaders at all levels. And it is this message that makes me firm and ever ready for another opportunity to serve my people come 2011.

As recorded by DAVID TASH LUMU

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