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Losers in January 2021 elections already positioning themselves

Christopher Kalemba handing over the new building to residents of Kyakatuuma village. (Photo courtesy of the Observer)

Hon. Christopher Kalemba, the outgoing Member of Parliament for Kakuuto County has donated a building to a health center for his constituency in Kyakatuuma Village, Mutukula town council.

Kalemba says that the health center facility is meant to improve primary health care even in his absence. He explained that he made a promise to the residents of Kyakatuuma which he never wanted to leave office undelivered. He further added that the residents were struggling to access health care and were trekking over 15KM to reach Mutukula Health Centre III.

The building contains five treatment rooms, a pharmacy room, a reception, and a waiting room. He further said that the building will be equipped with solar power to provide light.

Hon. Kalembe Christopher of NRM was the runner-up having polled 8,313 votes. He lost to National Unity Platform’s Godfrey Lutaya a musician, turned politician with 10,065 votes.

Kalemba decries the ungrateful nature of the electorate, who he says turned against him in the last hour despite several projects that he’d set up for them. He said the minimum he used to contribute per burial in his constituency was Shs 500,000 ($132.4) on top of providing tents and chairs and water. Even with all these contributions and sacrifices, Kalemba says people decided not to reward him with another stint in parliament.

The secret known is that by donating this house to the local Health Centre, Hon. Kalemba has already started electioneering for 2026. He has set the bar high for the newcomer because short of matching Hon. Kalemba’s donation, he may not return to Parliament in 2026. That is how brutally commercialized Uganda’s politics has become.

In fact, there are unconfirmed reports that some voters are already encouraging him to petition against his loss to a political novice, musician Geoffrey Lutaaya. However, it is understood that Kalemba has informed his supporters that he does not want to waste his money and time in court. He adds that he does not want to stress Godfrey Lutaaya but instead wants him to work for people in the constituency.

The electorate, mainly women have expressed gratitude to Hon. Kalemba for the donation saying the health center will save them the burden of trekking long distances to receive treatment. Margaret Ayine, a village health team (VHT) coordinator in Kyakatuuma, says several elderly people who were on antiretroviral treatment (ART) were finding it hard to access their drugs due to lack of transport to and from Mutukula.

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