The National, Wednesday 27th March, 2013
THE people of Imbonggu are living without government services.
It is a thing of the past.
The “no vote, no services” strategy needs to be halted.
Voters were lured with short-term financial rewards and the district is experiencing a divide-and-rule tactic.
The district has been suffering since the time of former MP Timothy Tala.
Current MP Francis Awesa is in his second term.
His first five years can be written off in terms of delivery of basic services and infrastructure.
Imbonggu has three local level governments – Lower Mendi, Ialibu Basin and Imbonggu.
There is a perception that Lower Mendi, where the MP hails from, gets projects while Ialibu Basin and Imbonggu barely see any development.
Leadership should not be about favouritism or voting trend.
People need to be fairly represented and served.
I call on Awesa to demonstrate such qualities in handling the electorate’s development affairs in the following:
l Funding staff housing project at Walume district headquarters;
l Upgrading and sealing of Red Karanas to Piambil road;
l Funding the two double-classrooms at Kaupena High School; and
l Upgrading the Kaupena health centre to the same status as Imbonggu hospital.
These are outstanding concerns and while there has been a focus on Bui-Iebi and Yaria outposts, there are many development issues at stake.