Ugandan politician dismantles boreholes he built for his community after losing election

A Uganda politician Patrick Okumu-Ringa who failed to make a comeback to Parliament in the Nebbi Municipality parliamentary by-election has reacted to his loss by dismantling the 10 boreholes he constructed in the area.

Speaking to New Vision, the former lawmaker accused the constituents of not appreciating his efforts to empower them.

“I am hurt, but I will reconcile with residents and assemble the boreholes. For now, let them look for water elsewhere. Our people are not appreciative. All I wanted from them was votes. I have educated so many children, but all they tell me is that I have done nothing,” he said.

On what his action means for the government he once served, Okumu-Ringa said:

“I don’t think the Government should be offended. I used my money to sink the boreholes, and in any case, even National Water and Sewerage Corporation doesn’t supply free water.

Okumu-Ringa, a former public service state minister, lost his party’s primaries for the position and then went on to contest as an independent candidate, saying the loss was as a result of rigging.

He eventually lost the election to his former party’s candidate, coming third place.

New Vision reports that Okumu-Ringa was Padyere County MP for about a decade, but lost the seat in 2006. Ever since then, he’s been trying to make a comeback, but to no avail.

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