Local leaders and residents of Luweero district are protesting the appointment of Sarah Kataike Ndoboli as the state minister in charge of Luweero Triangle. Ndoboli was appointed last week as minister in charge of Luweero Triangle by President Yoweri Museveni to replace Rose Namayanja, who was moved to the ministry of information and national guidance. The appointment of Ndoboli has not gone down well with Luweero residents and local leaders. They want the appointing authority to reverse the decision.
Charles Ssebyala, the Luweero town council LC III chairperson says they asked for a special ministry to address the socio-economic effects of the five years National Resistance Army war in their area.
The NRM waged its liberation struggle against the Milton Obote led government in Luweero between 1981-1986. According to Ssebyala, they believe the only person who can champion the redevelopment of the area should either be a veteran, contributor or victim of the war. He says that Ndoboli, who is from Budaka district, does not share the history of Luweero triangle.
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Moses Ssenfuma, the Kapeeke sub county LC 3 chairperson in Nakaseke district says that by time Ndoboli tours Luweero triangle to understand the issues affecting the area the current term of president Museveni will coming to an end, which will be a huge loss to the residents. Ssenfuma says the ministry is currently dogged by compensation of fake war veterans and corruption, which needs a person with vast information to wipe out. Disan Kibirige, a veteran in Kapeeka ex- combatants Association says they have lost hope in the whole ministry because it has failed to deliver to its expectations due to ineffective ministers.
Kibirige says he has spent almost a decade chasing for his compensation in vain. He believes such a problem would be addressed if the president appoints a veteran who understands the issues. Kibirige says they are shooting a video that will go viral to show Ugandans that government and the Luweero triangle Ministry has done nothing to transform their area despite its contribution to the liberation war. Bwanika Bbale, a local politician says the Luweero triangle ministry lost meaning long ago adding that the minister can do little because it is poorly funded.
He says Luweero triangle ministry received 3.5 out the 10 billion shillings under Luweero-Rwenzori development programme in the 2011/2012 which affected the implementation of its programmes.
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Attempts by URN to seek a comment from Tamale Mirundi, the Press Secretary to the president were futile. However, Pacis Namuganza, the Luweero Resident District Commissioner says that issues raised by residents and local leaders are minor.
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Luweeero triangle Ministry currently stretches to 40 districts in Central and Western Uganda that were severely affected by the insurgency caused by the National Resistance Army and Allied Democratic Forces.