By Moses Byaruhanga
A few weeks ago, I read in one of the dailies where Dr. Kiiza Besigye was criticising the Electoral Commission that it had already rigged the 2016 elections.
I have also read in the media where Maj. Gen Mugisha Muntu was traversing western Uganda asking the people not to vote Museveni or NRM come 2016.
On Besigye saying that the 2016 elections have already been rigged, hence, calling for civil disobedience, I want to assure him and Gen Muntu who is asking the people of the west not to vote NRM that theirs is a futile attempt. I am confident the NRM has already won the 2016 elections.
This is not because of rigging but because of what the NRM has done. NRM will win 2016 because of its deeds. What are these deeds that will make the NRM win come 2016? I will not repeat the achievements of NRM since 1986. I will restrict myself to the NRM deeds mainly in infrastructure in the recent past.
The president has been saying that the emphasis is on roads, power and railway. I will add on water as part of infrastructure investment. We are now concentrating on the above.
If you look at the roads and power either under construction or lined up for construction you ask yourself how the people where those roads and power lines are passing will vote. It is reported that when the Soroti-Amuria-Katakwi-Moroto power line was recently switched on, people in Moroto celebrated for two weeks. You can imagine what is happening to people around Gulu-Atiak road, Vura-Arua-Maracha-Koboko-Oraba road.
These communities are seeing a tarmac road for the first time in history. There are other roads like Fortportal-Bundibugyo, Kabale-Kisoro, and Nyakahita-Kazo-Ibanda-Kamwenge-Fortportal. How does Besigye or Muntu expect the people where these roads are passing to vote?
Over 1,000km of roads have been completed over the last five years. There are over 1,200km of major roads currently under construction.
These include Kampala-Masaka (124km), Phase two Kawempe-Kafu road (166km), , Fort Portal-Bundibugyo (103km), Nyakahita-Ibanda-Fort Portal (208km), Soroti-Mbale-Tororo (140km), Mbarara-Kikagati (75km), Gulu-Atiak-Nimule (104km), Vurra-Oraba-Koboko-Oraba (92km), Mbarara-Katuna (154km), Malaba/Busia-Bugiri (82km), Ishaka-Kagamba (35km), Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya (92km) Mukono-Jinja (52km), Moroto-Nakapiripirit (93km), and Jinja-Kamuli-Mbulamuti (57km).
The construction for the following roads is earmarked to begin this financial year. These are either donor or government of Uganda financed.
They are: Atiak-Bibia-Nimule, Mbarara-Bypass, Kamwenge-Fort Portal, Kigumba-Masindi-Hoima-Kabwoya, Masaka-Bukakata, dualing the Kampala northern bypass, Ntungamo-Kakitumba/Mirama hills, Olwiyo-Gulu-Kitgum, Villa Maria-Sembabule, Musiita-Lumino-Busia/Majanji, Mubende-Kakumiro-Kibaale-Kagadi, Kyenjojo-Kabwoya, Rukungiri-Kihihi-Ishasha-Kambuga-Kihihi-Kanungu-Kambuga, Kapchorwa-Suam, Mukono-Kyetume-Katosi/Kisoga-Nyenga,Mpigi-Maddu-Sembabule, Mukono-Kayunga-Njeru, Kiryandongo-Kamdini-Gulu, Kyenjojo-Fort Portal, Ishaka-Rugazi-Katunguru, Sironko-Namusi-Muyembe, Nansana-Busunju, Pakwach-Nebbi, Mbale Nkokonjeru and Tirinyi-Pallisa-Kumi/Kamonkoli. Some of the above roads have old tarmac and are being rehabilitated.
On power, emphasis is on construction of power dams like Karuma, Isimba, Ayago and others including small dams. However, progress has also been and is being achieved in rural electrification. The following projects have been completed in the last three years: Katakwi-Moroto, Lwala-Kaberamaido-Kobululu-Amolatar and Lwala-Dokolo, Kitgum-Palabek and Lira-Apala-Aloi, Kakumiro-Birembo-Nalweyo, Bukwiri-Kyankwanzi, Kayunga-Busaana, Ibanda-Kabujogera-Kamwenge, Muhanga-Kamwezi, Sironko-Nakapiripiriti-Amudat, Serere-Apapai-Bugondo, Okona-Bukedea-Malera-Atutur Hospital, Lyolwa-Fungwe, Katooke-Muhooro, Soroti-Katakwi-Amuria, Ayer-Kamudini, Bobi-Minakulu, Ibanda-Kazo-Rushere/Rwemikoma and Mubende-Kyenjojo.
The following projects are under implementation: Kabale-Kisoro, Rakai-Kabingo, Lumbugu-Lyantonde-Kaliiro-Buyaga-Sembabule-Ntusi-Lwemiyaga, Apala-Adwari-Kiru, Rwachikoko-Awere-Lalogi, Gulu-Adjumani-Moyo with a tee off to Amuru, Gulu-Acholibur, Paicho-Patiko-Palaro, Opeta-Achokora, Nkonge-Kashozi, Masindi-Waki-Buliisa and Nebbi-Pakwach, Nyagak-Vurra, Arua-Koboko-Yumbe.
The following power projects are planned to begin between now and 2015: Bbaale-Galiraya, Bikira-Namirembe, Masaka-Nyabyajjwe, Nabirumba-Bugaya-Kitukiro-Buyende, Katobo-Rwenshama via Bwambara, Gulu-Olwiyo-Pakwach, Kiganda-Kyenda-Mubende, Kaliro-Nawaikoke-Iyingo, Kashongi-Ruhumba, Namutumba-Mazuba, Nakalama-Namalemba, Moroto-Katikekile, Moroto-Kotido-Abim, Kotido-Kaabong-Kidepo, Aduku-Chawete, Aduku-Nambieso, Aduku-Inomo, Lira-Bala, Aloi-Omoro, Dogapio-Atura, Bweyale-Atura.
On piped water, the following towns have been connected between 2011-2013: Bwera and Mpondwe (Mpondwe-Lhubiriha Town Council), Ibanda Rural Growth Centre (RGC) meaning an upcoming town, and Bugoye RGC, Rubindi Town Board, Kiyenje RGC, Rwene RGC, Kaihura Town Board, Kyarusozi Town Council, Kagongo RGC, Kanungu Town Council, and Kiruhura Town Council.
Lefori, Oyam,Kitgum, Adjumani, Tirinyi-Kibuku, Kotido , Moroto, Nakaseke, Kako, Kasanje. In the following towns, construction of piped water systems is on-going: Kazo Town Council, Kakyanga RGC Kakuto Town Board, Lyantonde Town Council Phase I, Agweng, Amolatar, Omugo, Paidha, Alebtong, Barr, Singla, Namukora, Midigo, Obongi, Mayuge, Kaabong, Abim, Namalu, Karenga, Busiu, Zirobwe, Ntwetwe and Bweyale.
Piped water systems for the following towns are under procurement stage: Kikagati RGC, Kahunge RGC, Kabuga RGC, Kyempene RGC, Rutokye RGC, Kinoni-Mbr RGC, Matete Town Council and Ntungamo municipal council. Ibuje, Opit, Ovujo, Patongo, Purongo, Dokolo, Pacego, Ochero TC, Kachumbala , Mbulamuti , Suam and Namutumba, Nkoni, Najjembe, Zigoti, Kagadi, Kakumiro, and Kiganda.
For the following towns, their piped water systems are being designed with some designing having completed. It is after designs that a tender process for selection of a contractor begins. They are: Sanga, Gasiiza, Nyarubungo, Rwenkobwa, Muhanga, Buyamba, Kasensero, Kinuka, Kasagama, Lyantonde II, Kyegegwa, Nyahuka, Kainja, Ntusi, Lwebitakuli, Nyeihanga, Kinoni-Kir, Butare-Mashonga, Nyakashaka, Kyabi, Lwemiyaga, Loro, Okokoro, Bibia, Pabbo, Acholibur, Agago TC, Rackoko, Namasale, Pajule, Lumino, Namwiwa, Kibale, Idudi, Bukwo, Bulegeni, Iziru, Namagera, Bwondha, Bulopa, Buyende, Kagoma, Kadungulu, Buwuni, Irundu, Moroto, Kotido, Kacheri-Lokona, Bugadde and Nakaperimoru, Kayabwe- Buwama, Bukakata, Bugoigo, Kinogozi, Nkoni, Kyamulibwa, Najjembe, Kanoni, Gombe and Kiboga.
We only need to ensure that service delivery in the health education, district and community roads and Naads is carried out according to the set programme. This will only enhance the NRM win in 2016.
We also need to focus on the needs of the urban poor like market vendors, boda boda riders, spouses of the Police in barracks, taxi drivers, car washers etc. Some of these groups when you give them funds to revolve among themselves they end up misusing it.
The writer is senior presidential adviser on political affairs