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Jinja Residents Tired of Weak Leaders

Jinja has in the past 30 years missed out on having a government university at now Jinja Senior secondary school, the Coca cola plant which was transferred to Namanve and the Chinese hospital was also relocated to Naguru in Kampala. The residents blame such missed opportunities to weak leadership.

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Jinja city residents are pushing for the election of development-minded leaders, if the city can regain its tourism and industrial fame. 

Close to 30 years ago, Jinja had tourism attractions like the Bujagali water falls, white water rafting sites, industries, old architectural buildings like the Rippon hotel, Amber Court and industries but most of them are no more. The roads were well constructed with good drainage and signage. Now the railway and piers for ferries have since gone too.

Over the past three decades, Jinja has missed out on having a government university at now Jinja Senior Secondary School, the Coca Cola plant was transferred to Namanve and the Chinese hospital was also relocated to Naguru in Kampala. The residents blame all these and more missed chances on weak leadership.

Government of Uganda pronounced Jinja a city effective July 2020, but the residents says without leaders who can plan and implement development ideas, the tourism, land and industries that employed most people up to the late 1980’s would never resurface. 

Irene Kanyago, a resident of Kyabiirwa village in Budondo sub county Jinja city says despite Jinja city currently having more than 30 new industries, it requires strong leaders in political positions to lobby for better workers' welfare in the mushrooming industries.

Kanyago says that  industries in Jinja city are coming up but the residents and workers are not benefiting as expected.

She says that even with many industries in place, workers are underpaid, so are suppliers and the city hardly stands to benefit in terms of revenues as the Jinja city industrial dream remains a myth. 

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Ayub Kitamirike, a resident of Kimaka village in Mpummudde is optimistic that while Jinja is a city, the voters have the mandate to elect leaders who will lobby for more employment for the youths and curb the drug abuse and crime rate in Jinja city. 

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Dr. Frank Nabwiso, a researcher about Busoga and Jinja says Jinja should emphasize  protecting people's land, health, economic prosperity and reduce unemployment, all of which call for good governance. 

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Jinja was one of the most attractive towns in Uganda. It is located in Eastern Uganda and it is only 80 kilometres from Kampala. It was once a leading industrial town because of the hydro-electricity power dam along the Nile. The expulsion of Asians in the late 1970’s by ex-president Idi Amin Dada marked the beginning of its collapse as the industrial hub of the country. As the Asians left, the economy crumbled and the Ugandans who replaced them at the time were too inexperienced to manage the industries.

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