Members of Parliament from Acholi region yesterday kicked off a process to collect signatures threatening to break away from the rest of Uganda.
Kitgum Woman MP Beatrice Anywar says it would not be desirable that they fragment the country. However considering how far Northern Uganda has been pushed, they feel that they have had enough, are marginalized and are not desired by the government.
She adds that they had the LRA war and thought that with the recovery process, somebody would care that they recover fast. However it’s unfortunate that President Yoweri Museveni in particular has not catered for their interests which he has shown in the handling of the swindled Peace, Recovery and Development Plan funds case.
Anywar says that looking at infrastructure, education, health and development makes it seem as though Northern Uganda is part of Southern Sudan. The Kitgum woman MP says they are now ready to operationalize the creation of the Nile Republic.
However, the Acholi MP’s say the bigger problem which has been neglected is the Nodding disease syndrome which has now affected 7000 people especially children in the region.
Anywar laments that the committee led by Bitekyerezo Medard Mbarara Municipality MP instituted by Rebecca Kadaga the Speaker of Parliament has never tabled the report before Parliament for debate.
Independent MP Gilbert Oulanyah of Kilak County expressed disappointment with President Museveni whom he accuses of ordering people in Amuru to give to the Madhvani Group of Companies 40,000 acres to plant sugar cane free of charge.
Oulanyah claims that same spot is where oil was discovered, which according to the MP’s upon drilling can be used to develop the Nile Republic.
They reveal that President Museveni has asked the group from Amuru to meet the solicitor general this afternoon and finalise handing over of the land to Madhvani.
Okumu Reagan the chairman of the Acholi Parliamentary Group however sounded a different beat from what his colleagues were drumming.
He states that the feeling of separation comes when there is a problem which in this case is a leadership problem and not that of Ugandans.
He differs from his colleagues stating that this is a nation that they cannot break from but get rid of bad leaders.
However, Felix Okot Ogong Dokolo MP also chairman greater north parliamentary forum says what they need now is not secession but total reconciliation and healing. He adds that there is need to advocate for fair treatment of all members of the country.I have, therefore, concluded that this is deliberate harassment… I am convinced it is political.”