Francis Mwijukye of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) is struggling to retain his Buhweju MP seat in an area that largely votes ruling party candidates.
Mwijukye, who is the only FDC MP from Ankole region, is facing stiff competition from Alex Great Rugyero of NRM and Linus Gorodiano Mukiiza of the Alliance for National Transformation party.
Mwijukye defeated NRM’s Ephraim Biraro in the 2016 elections, polling 29,000 votes against the latter’s 21000 votes.
Although Mwijukye is a performer in Parliament and has been a parliamentary commissioner, the NRM candidate thinks he can do more for Buhweju.
The holder of a bachelor’s degree in International Economics from Ningbo University in China says he has already done a lot for the people of Buhweju.
“I have started village saving banks in the sub counties of Bisya and Karungu and people are using to a tune of Shs 400 million, and to this effect there is improvement in people’s income. The locals are using this money to expand their businesses and pay school fees for their kids,” he adds.
However, Mwijukye says under his tenure, Buhweju has developed.
“I was the first person to give the people of Buhweju an ambulance and this helped them so much in transporting patients to different hospitals. It served a great deal job at the height of lock down and Covid-19; this is the same reason why government is giving Buhweju district more three ambulances,” he says.
“In the past Buhweju was getting less money to work on roads and as you know the district is one of the hard to reach areas; but as I speak we are getting Shs 490 million and we are lobbying that more
Mr Mukiiza, a businessman, says once elected MP, he will lobby government and private sector for bursaries to needy children. He says in order to transform Buhweju, education must be given priority.
He will also put attention on roads since Buhweju is a hard to reach area and will ask government to construct a second technical school in Buhweju. Currently there is only Butaare Polytechnic Institute.