THUMBS DOWN: Ex-Minister Destroys 10 Boreholes He Built After Losing An Election (Photos)

Published 1 year ago by: Dammy Olutayo
at 07:10 PM, 7/08/2018 (1 year ago)

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Patrick Okumu-Ringa, who lost in the recently-concluded Nebbi Municipality Parliamentary election in Uganda, has dismantled all the boreholes he had sunk that have been supplying water to residents for the past twenty years.


Okumu-Ringa, who is said to own huge chunks of land in the municipality, had about 10 boreholes drilled in different wards.

The former public service state minister accused the area residents of abusing his generosity by not supporting his bid for MP. The process of dismantling the boreholes started on Monday and was concluded on Wednesday, three days after the election results were announced.

For close to 10 years, Okumu-Ringa was Padyere County MP, but lost the seat to UPC’s late David Ringecan in 2006. Since then, he has tried to make a come-back in other elections in vain. During the NRM primaries, Okumu-Ringa lost to the new entrant, Suleiman Hashim. He, however, chose to run as independent, claiming his defeat during the primaries was as result of rigging.

In the recent election, Okumu-Ringa came third after securing 1,270 votes out the 9,940 total votes cast. He lost to Hashim, who scored 4,283 votes, with FDC’s Robert Onega coming second with 4,159 votes in the highly-billed election.

Okumu-Ringa confirmed to Sunday Vision that he had indeed dismantled the boreholes, adding that he had no regrets for his action. He, however, said at an appropriate time, he would reconcile with residents and assemble the boreholes. “I am hurt, but I will reconcile with them. However, for now, let them look for water elsewhere. Our people are not appreciative. All I wanted from them was votes. I have educated so many children, but all they tell me is I have done nothing,” he said.

Asked whether he was hurting the Government he once served, Okumu-Ringa said the Government should instead pay him for supplying free water to citizens. “I don’t think the Government should be offended. I used my money to sink the boreholes, and in any case, even National Water and Sewerage Corporation doesn’t supply free water,” he said.

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sandra78 at 07:21 PM, 7/08/2018 (1 year ago)
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The same will happen to Buhari and Oshiomonleh next year...... Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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slimber at 11:02 PM, 7/08/2018 (1 year ago)
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Very wicked
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SOGaiya at 11:05 PM, 7/08/2018 (1 year ago)
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black mentality
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Henrybobo at 07:12 AM, 8/08/2018 (1 year ago)
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Dem suppose arrest d fool nd e no go fit contest for any tin again

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kacylee at 10:51 AM, 8/08/2018 (1 year ago)
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this is crazy, that man's political career is finished in that state

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