FDC’s Patrick Oboi Amuriat decried the bad road network in Sebei Region and questioned why the region has continued supporting the National Resistance Movement (NRM).
Addressing a campaign rally in Riwu Trading Center, Bukwo District on Wednesday said the bad road network had contributed to the poverty in the region.
“That road is a very important road; it comes from Muyembe through Kiriki to Bukwo. That means it’s a road that takes people from Uganda to Kenya and brings people from Kenya to Uganda…Without a good road, you can’t take your produce from here to a market so that you earn,” he said.
Whereas the number of Ugandans living below the national poverty line shrunk from 31.1% in 2006 to 19.7% in 2013, Bukwo is the poorest district across Eastern Uganda at 31 percent according to a January 2018 World Bank (WB) Report.
Amuriat also noted that the bad roads have a hand in maternal deaths across the region and country as a whole.
“Without a good road, many mothers are going to be dying while on their way to the hospital. Indeed, today in this country, over 17 women die while giving birth in a single day,” he said.
“Why this is happening is because Mr. Museveni has cheated the people of Sebei all these 35 years of his being in power.”
In the 2016 Museveni polled 20,915 (71.23%) votes in Kween District against his closest challenger Dr. Kizza Besigye who scooped 7,824.