Chasing a Dream: Rushenyi Voters Launch Drive for Ambulance

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By APN Reporter


Supporters of Hon. Naome Kabasharira, the newly elected Member of Parliament for Rushenyi County Constituency in Ntungamo District have launched a drive to purchase an ambulance for the area.

The supporters collected 14million shillings in pledges towards the effort. This was during a victory celebration party organized by Kabasharira’s supporters at Ruth Gardens in Kisaasi, a Kampala suburb Saturday January 30, 2021.

At a function where close to 200 people from Rushenyi but working from Kampala attended, Kabasharira was told that Rushenyi has been missing a leader who can unite people and move a development agenda for the constituency.

They appealed to their newly elected Member of Parliament to work towards uniting the people of Rushenyi and listen to them.

Dominic Tumwesigye alias Kadenge, a tax consultant and one of the strategic mobilisers of Hon. Kabasharira for Kayonza Sub-county asked President Museveni to reward the People of Rushenyi with a ministerial appointment for performing well in the last presidential elections.

“Those who can reach President Museveni please tell him that Rushenyi now has a leader who the people believe in. Because of Hon. Kabasharira, the President got 93% of votes in Rushenyi, which had never happened in our history. We request that those who can reach him, Rushenyi people should be rewarded through our leader,” Mr. Tumwesigye said.

Also in attendance were key supporters of Mwesigwa Rukutana and former contestants in the MP race.

Mr. Naboth Namanya, the newly elected MP for Rubabo County Constituency in the neighboring Rukungiri district equally attended the cerebrations.

“Although I am FDC, we are neighbors and I pledge to support and work with Hon. Kabasharira in lobbying for our people. I know we share roads for example Kanungu – Rugyeyo – Kisiizi – Nyarushanje – Kyempene – Rubaare road. Such a road, once tarmacked will improve livelihoods of our people,” Rubabo County MP elect Namanya said.

The former Ntungamo District Woman Member of Parliament joins the 11th parliament after defeating the incumbent and junior Labor Minister Hon. Mwesigwa Rukutana in the January 14 polls.

Kabasharira was declared winner in a sweeping victory after she won with 22,152 votes against her rival Mr. Rukutana’s 19,417 votes.

A total of 42,844 voters turned up to vote out of the 68,671 registered voters in Rushenyi county constituency in Ntungamo District.

Dan Rweiburingi, a former member of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), a victim in Labor Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana’s election violence said he disagreed with Rukutana for is disrespect of voters and poor leadership styles.

According to Rweiburingyi, Rushenyi has been hurting for long especially with an ailing Health Centre IV at Rubaare without functional toilets, a mortuary and a fence.

Justus Karuhanga, who has made three unsuccessful attempts to bring to an end to Mr. Rukutana’s leadership in Rushenyi thanked the people of Rushenyi for uniting and getting concerned about the affairs of their constituency. He contributed Ugx5million shillings towards the ambulance project. 

Speaking at the function, Hon. Kabasharira said she plans to have a bigger celebration with all Rushenyi people after swearing-in.

“We were called bayaye and many other things but that did not stop us from focusing and eventually winning. I want to thank each of you for your contributions,” said Kabasharira.

“I want to thank Dan Rweiburingyi for being resilient and not listening to propaganda. I was told that our competitors were saying we had planned and set-up Rukutana in order to have him arrested. This unfortunate. We shall together as Rushenyi people continue supporting Mr. Dan until he stabilizes,” she added.

Kabasharira appealed to the supporters of her opponents to join her and they develop Rushenyi together.

She hailed the team for moving fast and launching a drive to acquire an ambulance for Rushenyi.

“I want to thank those who has started contributing towards the Ambulance. This is how we started when the staff quarters at Rubaare Health Centre IV needed refurbishment,” said Kabasharira.

Adding that; “Today, our health workers have where to sleep. Even with this ambulance drive, let us all contribute what we can so that we can achieve this.”

Ugandans are prone to avoidable deaths due to lack of sufficient ambulance services. To bridge the gap, government needs to acquire more 259 ambulances to support the only 201 available ones to make up to the required 460 road and water ambulances.

The World Health Organisation emergency care assessment in 2017 indicated that only 25 per cent of Ugandans access ambulance vehicles.

A research published in the BMC Health Services Research by the researchers in the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health at Makerere University School of Public Health in July 2020 on the state of emergency medical services and acute health facility care in Uganda established that Uganda in general lacks emergency medical services especially the pre-hospital care component including the fully functional ambulance system.

The study for instance found that the Uganda Police, which was responsible for most (69%) casualty transfers, had no trained medical personnel on board. The Police are often the first responders at casualty scenes and provide transportation to victims.

List of Contributions for Rushenyi Ambulance

  1. Justus Karuhanga -5Million
  2. Dominic Tumwesigye -2Million
  3. Simuka Muhammed -2Million.
  4. Asaph Jaja Nkabarenga -Ugx600,000
  5. Robert Machati -1Million
  6. Hon. Naboth Namanya MP Elect Rubabo -1Million
  7. Bright Katabizi – Ugx 500,000
  8. Patson Ayebazibwe – Ugx500,000
  9. Joshua Natukunda Kariire -2Million
  10. Mubarak Jamadah – Ugx 50,000