Uganda People’s Congress ‘UPC’ has asked the government of Uganda through the ministry of health to urgently liaise with NWSC and UMEME so that water and electricity can be reconnected to health centers which have been cut due to due to delayed payment of bills.
While addressing, the press on 7th June 2023,at Uganda House,UPC spokesperson Sharon Ayat Arach revealed that water and electricity are very essential necessities in hospitals which should be not be tempered with in order to save lives of patients.
She raised the number of challenges in health ministry like insufficient medicine in Government health facilities,shortage of medical workers and non payment of bills.
“Last week, a local newspaper carried a story that the Organ Monitoring Machine was stolen from Mulago, a National Referral Hospital,as UPC call for special intervention from government to normalize the situation as the lives of our people are at stake”,she said.
She added “Our health workers, teachers and local government employees have been crying out for a better pay. We acknowledge and appreciate the engagements between Government and professional bodies that have seen promises and commitments to address the same. However, implementation has always been slow, which creates labour unrest. This should be given utmost attention! UPC is therefore expecting the state of the nation address not to ignore the plight of our workers entirely. Something should be done to have harmony in labour and industrial relations.”
UPC also appreciated the role of our troops in Somalia and sympathizes greatly with the Government, UPDF and the families of both fallen and injured soldiers.
Arach Oyat Sharon asked the international community like AU and IGAD to take keen interest in the situation and advance a mechanism of dialogue that can help out on conflict resolution and management especially in those African countries where political instability is being registered.
“The guns and bombs in Somalia need to stop and a true political process of uniting the country commences. A political approach may offer sustainable peace and stability in this war torn country and find a lasting solution.” she said.
UPC also strongly condemned acts of violence and involvement of security agencies in electoral processes after their Party flag bearer for Bukedea LC5 Mr. Sam Okwir who was set to nominate on Tuesday with others failed to nominate.
UPC claims that there was a planned violence by the supporters of other contenders on our flag bearer and the independent contestant that led to the confiscation of the signature forms of flag bearer, arrest of his team members and supporters which foiled his nomination.
She said Elections should always be peaceful, free and fair by offering a leveled ground that allows people to participate and exercise their democratic rights.
UPC also eulogized the former Member of Parliament for Rubaga South Constituency Hon. Kato Lubwama.
She said besides being a politician, Hon. Kato was a radio presenter, comedian, musical composer, drama actor who mentored a number of youths who are now earning a living from the art industry.