By: Ismael Kasooha


Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has assured the people of West Nile that the NRM government is committed to serving them to improve their livelihoods.

Nabbanja was on Saturday presiding over the thanksgiving ceremony for Maracha East Constituency Member of Parliament Ruth Lametia at Bura playgrounds in Maracha Town Council, Maracha District.

Maracha District is a district in the West Nile sub-region, in the Northern Region of Uganda. It was formed in 2006 from Arua District.

Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Nabbanja Robinah with state Minister for Northern Uganda Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny and Huda Abason Oleru in Maracha market to support vendors there

Leaders from Maracha and neighboring districts briefed the Prime Minister that the government has done well in service delivery but there are some challenges that are impeding development in the region.

Led by the LC V Chairman for Maracha District, Stephen Obitre, the leaders asked for the upgrading of Maracha Health center IV to a General Hospital status to improve on service delivery in the area.

Obitre said that the education sector was experiencing many hiccups because of the incomplete cycle of education where children who complete secondary school cannot get skills.

“Much as we appreciate the government in establishing a seed school in the district, we still need a vocational institute so that our children can attain skills after secondary education,” said Obitre.

He said that bordering the DR Congo, they experience a lot of foreign pressure on service delivery because some Congolese cross to Maracha for services.

“We have a porous border where Congolese nationals cross on a daily basis to access health care and other services here yet we are not regarded as a refugee hosting district. So we request that government considers us as a refugee hosting district and we benefit from the various programs,” Obitre prayed.

Ministers including the State Minister for Northern Uganda Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny and that for veteran affairs Huda Abason Oleru praised the government for the developmental programmes aimed at improving the livelihoods of the people especially those still trapped in the non-cash economy.

“This government (NRM) has done what no other person can do for this country, the Parish Development Model which is intended to help the poor of the poorest to move from subsistence to money economy,” said Kwiyucwiny.

Oleru told the Prime minister that as the West Nile region they are in advanced stages of launching the sole candidature of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for 2026 and that the prime minister shall be invited to preside over the function soon.

Responding to the concerns raised, Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja assured the people of the government’s commitment to address all the issues affecting service delivery in the region.

Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Nabbanja Robinah interacting with women vendors in Maracha market in Maracha town council, Maracha District

“We shall ensure that Maracha, Bundibugyo, Zombo and other districts that have not been benefiting from Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (DRDIP) programme are enrolled in the coming phase,” said Nabbanja.

She said that the government plans to table a supplementary budget to cater for the tobacco farmers in West Nile who have not yet been compensated for the loss but asked the leaders to ensure that when verification is done it should be proper.

Nabbanja thanked the people of Maracha for voting NRM and that president Museveni loves them.

Ruth Lematia, who organised the Thanksgiving ceremony expressed her appreciation to God who healed her from the ailment that sent her to India and underwent a successful operation on her knees and she can now walk without any supporting stick.

The main celebrant Bishop Charles Collins Andaku, the bishop of Madi-West Nile diocese challenged all human beings to inculcate a spirit of thanks giving not like the 9 lepers who forgot what Jesus Christ had done for them.

Maracha as an area, last received the person of a Prime Minister in 1992 when George Cosmas Adyebo was in that office.

Nabbanja later visited Maracha market and interacted with vendors and also supported them to improve their businesses.