WHY BOBI WON’T SUCCEED ANTAGONIZING NRM WITH PEOPLE OF BUSOGA
By Ambrose Mwesigye
Busoga sub regions is one of the areas that have highly benefited from the NRM government in a manner that only strengthens the bond between government and the citizenry. Today, the sub region boasts of 11 districts with most of them created under the NRM leadership. There has been a lot of ill-talk against the idea of creation of more administration units. The critics of this idea, mostly the urban elitists and the opportunistic opposition, argue that it’s a public funds’ hemorrhage avenue. However, to a common person in a rural set up it is an opportunity for employment and service delivery.
For example, under the decentralization policy most leaders have successfully ensured public service jobs are through competitive selection given to the “children of the soil” as a way to economically empower these vey communities. This implies that the more administration units created the more the jobs for the young educated of the area.
It should be noted that entry into public service at any level is foundation to professional career in the technocratic world. No wonder, Busoga has produced most of the senior technocrats in government who continue to do a good job for our country. Today, we are going through a political campaign season where protagonists of change [specifically the NUP] have camped in Busoga with a derogatory message against the NRM and the great people of Busoga.
They are singing songs of poverty, poor service delivery and other unrealistic falsehoods in their futile rhetoric. On the contrary, the area has through the creation of administrative units [districts, municipalities, town councils and sub counties] taken a good share of the government service delivery in the areas of primary health care (every sub county has a health centre 3 and health centre 4s get elevated to hospital status for newly created districts), agricultural extension services with every sub county getting an extension worker), community development, security, public policy process participation and education ( seed schools ) etc.
All these come along with employment, construction works, and community sensitization etc-all funded by government. Each of the jobs in the above is occupied by a young educated person who is in turn an opinion leader in their community. The amount of money government pumps in only the wage bill in a single district local government is between Shs5b and Shhs9b and the figure is bigger for municipality, districts and now cities.
Now that Jinja, the regional headquarters of Busoga, is a city, depending on the behavior and commitment of the local leaders, the area is to benefit more from the administrative upgrade. The wage bill figure above implies that in a year, about Shs60b or more is earned by employees (children of the soil) of each particular district among the 11 districts in the sub region. For that matter therefore, the bond between Busoga [especially among the young people] and the NRM should be more cemented to secure the future of the administrative and service delivery achievements as opposed to the derogatory pessimistic rhetoric of the technically defective and perennially antagonistic opposition. Subsequently, we shall return to look at specific government achievements in each district and one will find more tangible justification to vote Museveni and NRM in January 2021!
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