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EMPTY PROMISES: Dissatisfied voters speak out in opinion poll, Rukiga MP likely to lose parliamentary seat

RUKIGA- The incumbent Rukiga county Member of Parliament, Hon Herbert Kabafunzaki is polled at 75% to lose the forthcoming election according to his electorates.

In a survey conducted by COALITION OF THE WILLING, an independent body supported by a joint team of researchers shows a tight and competitive race for the Parliamentary and Local Council elections.

The public opinion poll of over 2,971 sampled voters in Rukiga County found Hon. Hebert Kabafunzaki had underperformed in relation to what he promised his constituents.

Also that was considerably tighter than the very competitive Rukiga county constituency which had Mr. Adson Kakuru who acted as the kabale  district LCV chairman in 2005, Alex Kampikaho the current rukiga district LC5  Chairman which makes the race tight.

Herbert Kabafunzaki, who police arrested on Saturday for allegedly taking a bribe, is a Ugandan businessman and politician who has served as State Minister for Labor, Employment and Industrial Relations since June 22, 2016.

Kabafunzaki, 41, is the elected Member of Parliament representing Rukiga County, in Kabale District in the 10th parliament and a member of Uganda’s ruling party, the National Resistance Movement.

Some reasons as to why Kabafunzaki might not retain his seat are below.

During 2016, campaigns in his manifesto Hon Kabafunzaki promised a lot for Rukiga which he has never fulfilled at all.

Below was his 2016 manifesto.

1) He promised to start up sports school in Kamisiza Kashambya subcounty and this school was to groom young talents. The players were to be sold to football clubs in South Africa and English premier league since he had agents. He said he had secured 2 square kilometer land for the project. 

2) He promised to start up a factory in Kamwezi subcounty for making samosas and mandazi. He said he had talked to President Museveni and the project was to start as soon as he was elected to Parliament. The area was also to be connected to a high power grid.

3) He promised to have Muhanga-Kashambya-Kisizi road tarmacked within months because president Museveni had told him that the project had stalled by Hon Jack Sabiti since he was in opposition.

4) He promised Rukiga radio which was to be a community radio. This was to help constituents not to trek long distances to Kabale town seeking radio services.

5) He promised to fight against corruption and no Rukiga money was to be swindled or misused. He said he hated corrupt leaders.

6) He promised jobs to many youth and some were to be exported abroad to make good money and in three years, Rukiga was to be a model constituency.

This matter was aborted by the time he was caught red handed in corruption scandals.

7) He promised blankets and other beddings to the elderly including former Rukiga MP Hon Jack Sabiti. 

8) The most alarming matter among his constituents he brought an ambulance Rukiga district task force in 20miillions Bonanza but never handed over the documentations and keys.

9) He contributed nothing to his district task force during the coronavirus crisis and has never stepped in his constituency in parliament. According to the survey and ground visits by our reporter, all the above have never been fulfilled since he got the power.

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