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Gov’t Stuck With 55 Roads, Health Sector Pledges

One of the poor roads in Soroti district that President Museveni had promised to renovate. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – A newly released report by the Parliamentary Committee of Government Assurances has revealed that the government is stuck with 55 presidential pledges since 2006 in the health and works.

While presenting the report on the floor of Parliament, Kaps Fungaroo, the Chairperson of Government Assurances Committee revealed that when the MPs followed up on 92 pledges made by President Yoweri Museveni, out of 65 presidential pledges in works sector, only 21 had been implemented and 38 were abandoned.

The situation wasn’t any better in the health sector, where the Committee unearthed that out of the 27 promises only seven had been fulfilled leaving 17 unimplemented.

Mr. Fungaroo told Parliament that many of the Presidential pledges remained unfulfilled due to lack of funding to back up their implementation.

“The report concluded that out of the 92 Government assurances in the sector of health and transport, 55 are broken promises. This represents 60% of total number of government assurances,” Fungaroo explained.

The Committee is believed to have traversed the districts of; Buyende, Kaliro, Kamuli, Tororo, Busia, Kapchorwa, Soroti, Kaberamaido, Bugiri, Kumi and Iganga in Eastern Uganda.

The MPs went further to Northern Uganda in districts of; Pakwach, Nebbi, Arua, Pakwach, Gulu, Moyo and Kitgum.

Investigations also stretched further to Nakaseke, Bushenyi. Sheema, Kasese and Kanungu.

The Committee highlighted that when questioned about the matter, the line Ministers of both Health and Works failed to indicate the time frame within which the presidential pledges are supposed to be fulfilled.

Mr. Fungroo also revealed that even in districts where some hospitals were promised by the President for renovation like Bugiri hospital, these turned out to be disease hub.

 

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