Rev. Father Keneth Baingana the parish priest Bihanga parish observed that it will be unfair for President Museveni and his Government to punish the people of Buhweju for voting opposition and yet they lso overwhelming voted for him too.
Political and religious leaders from Buhweju district have asked President Yoweri Museveni to accept and work with his strong opposition member Francis Mwijukye.
Mwijukye who belongs to the forum for democratic change (FDC) party beat NRM's Ephraim Gashanga Biraaro for the MP seat for Buhweju constituency on February 18th. He collected 26,396 votes, while Biraaro polled 20,173 votes.
Despite of being in bad books with the current government, the people of Buhweju who are predominantly NRM supporters overwhelmingly voted for Mwijukye with high hopes that he would put pressure and help the region.
Rev. Father Keneth Baingana the parish priest Bihanga parish observed that it will be unfair for President Museveni and his government to punish the people of Buhweju for voting opposition and yet they Ã lso overwhelming voted for him too. President Museveni got 85.9 percent from Buhweju district in the just concluded presidential elections.
Father Baingana while addressing thousands of people that turned up for mass at Bwoga primary school ground in Lwengwe sub county to celebrate peaceful elections, described Mwijukye's victory as sign of hope for thousands of young children who can't access better education, mothers who die in labour due to lack of better health care and poor road network in the hard to reach Buhweju district.
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Father Mukasa Balikudembe the parish priest of Butaare parish also asked all government organs including police to stop treating Mwijukye as a wrong person but work with him to address a number of problems affecting Buhweju residents and other parts of the country.
Olive Koyechenga, the Buhweju district woman member of Parliament challenged the government to utilise the strong backing of the newly elected opposition MPs to transform the livelihood of many Ugandans.
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Mwijukye said he is ready to bury his political differences with the ruling party NRM and push for the needs of the people of Buhweju. He noted that during his five months campaign trail he encountered a number of challenges.
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Emmy Kateera the acting resident district commissioner Buhweju said President Museveni does not hate opposition leaders but it's them who don't want to change their mind set of failing development.
He said as long as opposition leaders led by retired Col. Dr. Kiiza Besigye accept to work with President Museveni there will be no issues.