President Museveni has promised to extend piped water to rural sub-counties in Sironko and Bulambuli districts.
Addressing National Resistance Movement (NRM) party candidates and supporters at Masaba Senior Secondary School playground in Sironko on Wednesday, Mr Museveni said government is committed to extending water close to the people.
“We are going to extend clean and safe water closer to the people of Sironko and Bulambuli in the next five years because I am aware of the challenge you face,” Mr Museveni, who is the ruling party presidential candidate, said.
He said in Bulambuli, water will be extended to Bunambutye, Bwikonge, Nabongo, Bukali, Siyi, Buluganya, Bulegeni, Bumasobo and Buginyanya sub-counties.
In Sironko, some of the sub-counties to benefit from the water connection include Masaba, Zesui, Busulani, Bugitimwa, Bumasifwa, Buhugu and Bukiise.
Mr Museveni also said construction works on Namagumba -Nakiwondye-Mutufu -Nalugugu roads will soon start to ease transportation of goods to markets in Mbale and other neighbouring towns and cities.
“We have already got money to do this road. We want to ensure there is efficient transport,” he said.
The President asked voters to send him good leaders who will work with him to accomplish development programmes.
He also warned commercial banks against charging high interest on loans.
The area NRM leaders in a memo read by Energy minister Mary Gorretti Kitutu, asked the President to upgrade Sironko and Muyembe town councils to municipalities.
The leaders also requested for Budadiri District to be carved out of Sironko, saying the latter currently has 42 sub-counties and 1,460 villages, which makes it the biggest district in Bugisu Sub-region.
Ms Asha Nabulo Mafabi, the NRM Woman MP flag bearer for Sironko, District, said the government should also address poverty and bad roads in the area. “We want a special ministry as a region so that it can handle immense issues such as poverty because this region is one of the poorest in the country,” she said.
Mr Victor Chemuswa Wanyoto, a an elder, said government should establish a factory to add value to tomatoes produced in the sub-region.
“This region is rich with tomatoes but the farmers are making many losses because of lack of market. If there was a factory, there would be market and also create employment opportunities,” he said.