The Minister of State for Finance in charge of Planning, David Bahati has registered a high percentage victory of 90 percentage in the just concluded National Resistance Movement (NRM) party primary elections for Members of Parliament.
According to final results declared by the Kabale district NRM election officer, Maurice Kataiba, Bahati garnered 45,245 votes to retain his Ndorwa West parliamentary seat, beating the closest rival with over 40,000 votes.
Simpson Mpereirwe came second with 5,089 votes and the third candidate Mark K got 305 votes.
Out of 300 villages, Bahati won in 297, a major landslide.
Bahati, 47, joined Parliament as the representative of the people of Ndorwa West in 2006 at the age of 33 and is serving his third uninterrupted term.
“Bahati has been lobbying for social services extension in our rural areas. He even donated computers and provided internet to various schools,” said Medard Twijukye, 29, a resident of Ndorwa.
“He helped us access clean water, electricity lines and even telecommunication. Airtel was brought to our area by Bahati. We used to rely on masts in Rwanda. That’s why we never used to have telephone network for making calls and mobile money,” he added.
For Edna Bindeeba, 45, Ndorwa backed Bahati for lobbying funds for the construction of three major roads in Kabale especially Katuna-Muko-Kamuganguzi road (104kms); and Kabale-Lake Bunyonyi road Kisoro-Mgahinga road.
“Our roads used to be impassable during rainy seasons. Now we expect them to be tarmac so to facilitate movement of goods to markets,” said Bindeeba.
Bahati recently said the proposed road investments are expected to boost tourism in the region through an improved road network which is key to spur wider socioeconomic growth and development.
Speaking to ChimpReports in Kabale, Bahati said improved road infrastructure will as well help in the transportation of iron ore products.
“Kigezi has several tourist attractions that benefit the country, but this will be improved because transport will be quicker than before,” said Bahati.
“Secondly, people will use the roads to ferry their agricultural produce to different markets and lastly when the iron ore factory is set up in Rubanda district, transportation of iron ore produces will be made easier,” he added.
The touristic roads are expected to ease transport to Uganda’s Unique Mountain Gorillas species in the Bwindi Impenetrable attraction areas.
The main tourism products include: gorilla tracking, bird watching, eco-tourism, water sport, mountain climbing, gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, nature guided walks, community walks, visual arts and white water rafting.
Other notable landslide victories have been registered in Kamuli district where the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga got 96% and in Ngariam County, Katakwi district where ICT State Minister, Peter Ogwang scored 86%.