0n 19th April 2014, the Member of Parliament of Fort Portal Municipality, Kabarole District Hon Alex Ruhunda indicated how any country without a vision perishes. “The most important thing that people of Uganda should have is a vision. If Uganda as a country has no vision, then she will perish. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) government has Vision 2040, and as Ugandans, we need to ask ourselves where we shall be in the remaining 26 years”. Hon Alex was discussing on ToroDev supported live radio discussion called ‘Orukurato Program’ that discusses issues of accountability every Saturday (8:00-10:00pm).
|Hon Alex Ruhunda, MP Fort Portal Municipality|
During the discussion, Hon Alex went ahead to appeal to the local citizens of Fort Portal Municipality to first have their own local vision before embracing the national vision. “As people of Fort Portal Municipality, we should have our own local 2040 vision of making Fort Portal a city. We should aim at making good standard hotels, create more universities, big hospitals, modern markets, and good infrastructure. This can only be done through attracting and supporting local investors and also lobbying from the government”.
The 2hr live radio discussion was also attended by Hon Asaba Ruyonga, the Mayor of Fort Portal Municipality and also Chairman of the National Resistance Movement in Fort Portal Municipal Council, Kabarole District.
Hon Asaba participated in the live radio discussion by indicating what the NRM government had done for Fort Portal Municipality. “The National Resistance Movement has realized a lot of achievements for Fort Portal Municipality which include rural electrification, construction of major roads like Fort Portal-Kamwenge road, extending gravity water to places like Bukwali, constructing booster pumps to increase the water pressure so that gravity water reaches all divisions, among others”.
Meanwhile, Hon Alex indicated how Fort Portal’s economy was growing. “According to the research that was conducted by The Uganda Bureau of Statistics, the growth economy of Uganda is 5.6 gdp (gross domestic product) and Fort Portal Municipality is 8%. This shows that Fort Portal is a developing town and as local leaders, we are forming more strategies to help in realizing development. Such strategies include forming and embracing government poverty eradication programs, community sensitization, among others”.
The live radio discussion was moderated by Mr. Kasigazi Willy Donanto.