“Thank you, Madam Speaker. I rise on a matter of national importance on behalf of the people of Bukooli Island, Namayingo District. Over 400 people in my constituency have either been killed or maimed by crocodiles” – George Abott Ouma MP (Hansard, 9th May 2018)
I don’t know why George Abott Ouma MP of NRM and Bukooli Island County wants to curve parts of his county into a separate district. The teacher should be worried about the state of the sub-county, which its already in. Not what sort of function the local government has there. Unless, he wants it to be a district to get more automatic NRM MPs, because he ran without any opposition candidates against him in 2016.
We know the district has been in the news for the crocodiles eating the kids. As well, as the state not able to find enough seaman and the operational funding to operate the MV Sigulu going between Sigulu and Lolwe. Last report was that after the first testing trip, the ferry has been idle on the landing site in Jinja on the 30th October 2019. The MP should worry about that.
Secondly, a report on the 1st May 2018 stated this: “According to the Ministry of Health Annual Health Sector Performance Report for the financial year 2016/17, Namayingo District, where the Sigulu Islands are situated, was among the districts which showed the most decline in healthcare, scoring below the national average of 66.2 per cent and was ranked 103 out of 116 districts” (Ronald Seebe – ‘Sigulu Island residents struggle to access better health services’ 01.05.2018, Daily Monitor).
Therefore, the supposed part of the Bukooli Island County and the Sigulu Islands has enough trouble as it is. It doesn’t need a new status. That will not configure the situation on the ground. Like there is no emergency ambulance service on the island, also far to the closest health facility, that lacks electricity and equipment, which also happens to be understaffed under the bear-minimum by law. The health care is so bad locally, that the locals are taking costly trips across the border in Kenya to get health care, which is very expensive.
With all this in mind, if the Representative and the Member of Parliament cares about his constituency. He should help the state to deliver better budgets and investments of the basic government services like the schools and the healthcare facilities. That hasn’t been done since he got into office.
He has been able to report about the need for a ferry, which is on the way. But who knows when its officially going. Secondly, he should care more about the substandard level of local government, than the title of the local government. It will not generate more funds, but more substandard living. As the state will not care more directly for Sigulu island, if they become a state. Unless, he just want more MPs from the area.
Also, if Sigulu Island becomes one, wouldn’t the same happen with Lolwa Island, which is the other part of Bukooli Island County. That would make sense, not only make Sigulu, but Lolwa as well. But that would really be something else. As there are only about 215,000 citizens in the district of Namayingo. That means the Sigulu district would be really small and surely, easily for the MP to be an incumbent in.
This here should stop here, but at the rate and the way the government makes new district. It wouldn’t be shocking if this became one. As long as the MP can prove the need and the Parliament the need. However, shouldn’t he be more preoccupied with fixing the issues at hand, instead of creating new ones?
Seemingly, that is what it looks like. Since there is no need for another district in the Republic. It is a waste of funds and this sub-county already need to spend wisely. Since it doesn’t have a good record and need more care from its representative. Not just change something superficial to make it look grand. Peace.