THE dream of better roads by millions of people in this country, especially those living in rural areas, can come true for some but remain elusive for many.
As for the people of Kagua-Erave, in Southern Highlands, it’s been donkey’s years now since they’ve seen good roads or good basic services like reliable healthcare,
education, electricity and water supply.
We have been independent for more than 40 years but sadly to date, Kagua-Erave’s dreams remain unfulfilled.
With enthusiasm and hope the people of Kagua-Erave elect to parliament people they believe can stand up for them. Good enough on paper but in reality the status quo remains.
While debates rage on who is to be blamed for Ktheir predicament, the people themselves have to learn to understand the democratic process and be smarter in the way they cast their votes.
A national election is the only time when people from different provinces across the country have a say and can make a difference.
How that right is exercised is the problem.
Over the years, politicians have been using culture to influence people. Votes are traded based on false promises, leaving the voters
without the mouthpiece they actually need.
Kagua Erave has been the victim of that culture and so it continues to suffer as a consequence.
The people should learn from history and their thinking change accordingly so that in future when it comes to national elections they should no longer be swayed by gifts and false promises.
In support of this, many like-minded people of Kagua Erave are now calling on every citizen of the district to be vigilant when election times come.
There should be no regionalism, intimidation or forced influence within family circles, tribes, and communities.
The people of Kagua-Erave need to see their dreams come true, see development taking place and see their children grow up in a better world. They days of voting in any Tom, Dick or Harry are gone.
Repena Wari Naki, Pom