Tuesday June 28 2016

Bunyoro MPs decry marginalisation


BULIISA- The Bunyoro Parliamentary Caucus has accused government of marginalising Bunyoro sub-region in the sharing of the national cake.

The caucus chairperson, Mr Barnabas Tinkasimire, said Bunyoro is lagging behind in infrastructural development, job opportunities from the oil sector and has been exposed to land grabbers, leaving the indigenous Banyoro poor.

Mr Tinkasimire who is also the Buyaga West MP made the remarks during a victory party for elected leaders in Buliisa District at the weekend.

Buliisa County MP Stephen Biraahwa Mukitale hailed Mr Tinkasimire in the struggle to liberate Bunyoro from land grabbers.

“As members of Bunyoro Parliamentary Caucus, we shall join you in the fight against rich men who are grabbing land from the indigenous people of Buliisa,” Mr Mukitale said, adding: “We have agreed to move together to Masindi, Hoima, Buliisa, Kiryandongo and Kibaale to evict land grabbers ourselves; we don’t need police.”

Mr Tinkasimire also said people who were displaced by oil activities received peanuts as compensation.

Masindi District Woman MP Jalia Bintu Lukumu expressed dissatisfaction over the delayed construction of the Kigumba-Bulima section of the Kigumba–Kyenjojo road.

“We are not going to allow to be taken for a ride. We approved a loan in Parliament to work on the road but work is not starting. Where is the money?” She said.

The Kigumba-Kyenjojo, Hoima-Biiso-Buliisa Wanseko and Masindi-Biiso roads were not budgeted for in the Financial Year 2016/2017. Mr Mukitale said this time round, Bunyoro has got a group of united leaders who will push for development of the region.