The new Tororo district political leadership walks into the office to pick the broken pieces of a district that has been in limbo for the last four years. During that period, no substantive service delivery was conducted during the period as politicians chose to raise tribal sentiments pushing for the split of the district with Itesots on one side and the Jopadhola on the other
In the just concluded five-year term, Tororo spent over 4yrs without a substantive district chairperson following the demise of then the district chairperson, Apollo Jaramogi.
This came after a disagreement erupted between the councilors from Tororo County and that of west Budama on who should become the next district boss.
The disagreement brought division amongst the councillors, putting council session on hold for years. This has deterred development in all key sectors in the district.
In education for instance, most schools that were meant for renovation and reconstruction stalled leaving learners to study under dilapidated structures. Teacher to pupil ratio has also been concern following the expiry of the term of office for the district Service commission.
Under works, several district roads have become impassable after major bridges connecting them broke down due to the heavy rains, making movement of people and goods difficult.
This is in addition to billions of shillings that were returned to the national treasury after failure by the district to put the funds to use.
The new team has come in and after learning the hard way from the previous experience, they have promised to put their sentiments aside and work for the district, hopefully they can keep their work.
In most cases, Members of parliament in the district have been accused of fueling the confusion amongst councillors over personal interests. We put the same question to some of them.
With the district bleeding in poor service delivery, the new district chairperson says the recent monies returned to the national treasury must be recovered if the district is to get back to its feet.