Voters in the Eastern districts of Amuria and Kapelebyong have voiced concern that their local council leaders have boycotted villages.
The electorate explained that most of their district councilors and local council three (LC3) Chairpersons have relocated to trading centres and Amuria town council.
According to them, these politicians were near them during elections but disappeared after winning, leaving communities to suffer without proper service delivery.
Locals believe that some of the politicians fear to leave with them because they don’t want to give them financial support.
This issue was raised during the regional Anti-corruption Convention organised by Teso Anti-Corruption Coalition (TAC) at Amuria district headquarters.
It was held on Friday under the theme “Citizen Participation in the fight against corruption: A sustainable Path to Uganda’s Transformation”
Christine Igwapu said the voters elected them for effective representation, but it’s unfortunate that these leaders only come to raise issues of Government only in burial places.
Igwapu said the leaders have never convened a meeting to sensitise them and sometimes if the community calls for a meeting, these politicians delegate their juniors to represent them.
Wilbrode Okiror said some of the residents have never benefited from Government programmes because the elected leaders are not bringing such information to them.
Grace Apio, a resident of Willa sub county said, “I just hear that the LC3 chairperson attends only a few burial ceremonies.”
Beatrice Ayano (female Ogolai & Morungatuny), Elizabeth Anyait Oriokot (Female elders), Judith Amedo (Orungo & Akeriau), Irene Ilalu (Apeduru & Asamuk) asked the Government to revise the policy so that each female councilor handles a single sub county because its too wide to reach all communities.
The district councilor for Ogolai sub county, Moses Emabu said some of them have rented houses in town areas and this has led them to raise their own opinions not the views of the community they represent.
The vice district chairperson, Kapelebyong district, Ketty Akol admitted that some elected leaders are in Amuria and Soroti towns leaving their electorates suffering in their electoral villages.
This is not effective representation, according to Akol who asked some of her colleagues dodging voters to return to their villages.
“It’s the people who gave you the mandate to serve them so, be with them, associate with them , get their ideas and give feedback,” Akol said.
David Ewayu, the vice district chairperson Amuria who is the district councilor for Willa sub county said some councilors reside in trading centres doing business but they are in-touch with their electorates.
According to Ewayu, councilors meet and talk to their electorates in burial places, churches and other gatherings.