Patrick Okumu-Ringa,

Man dismantle boreholes after losing election, tell voters to look for water elsewhere

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According to Nairobi News, Ugandan politician has reacted to a successive resounding defeat in a recent parliamentary by-election by stopping all development projects he had initiated in the area.

Patrick Okumu-Ringa,
Hon. Patrick Okumu-Ringa

In the recently concluded Nebbi Municipality Parliamentary by-election, the politician, identified as Patrick Okumu-Ringa decided to dismantle all the bore holes he had sunk that have been supplying water to area residents free of charge the past two decades.

While speaking to a local media outlet, New Vision, the angry lawmaker accused his constituents of not appreciating his efforts to empower them.

He confirmed that he indeed sealed the boreholes, insisting he had no regrets over that action, adding that he’s willing to ‘reconcile’ with residents and assemble the boreholes at an appropriate time.

“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.

Hon. Patrick accused the area residents of ‘abusing his generosity’ by not supporting his parliamentary bid, in order to justify his actions.

It was gathered that the lawmaker owns a huge chunk of land in the Municipality and had drilled 10 boreholes in different wards which had been supplying water to area residents for free. But things changed after the man’s bid to make a comeback to Parliament was nipped in the bud on successive occasions.

Apparently the residents needed “Change” just like Nigeria.

Hon. Patrick initially lost during the ruling party NRM’s nominations but opted to run as an independent candidate, claiming President Yoweri Museveni’s party had rigged him out, only to lose again during the main elections, coming a distant third, securing a paltry 1,270 votes out of the 9,940 votes cast.

He lost, again, to the ruling party candidate Hashim Mukulanga who garnered 4,283 votes, with another candidate Robert Onega of FDC Party claiming second place with 4,159 votes.

Meanwhile, the process of dismantling the boreholes started on Monday and was concluded on Wednesday, three days after the election results were announced.

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