Patrick Okumu-Ringa, an ex-Minister who lost in the recently-concluded Nebbi Municipality Parliamentary election in Uganda, has dismantled all the 10 boreholes he had sunk that have been supplying water to residents for the past two decades.
The ex-Minister of public service and former Padyere county member of parliament, accused the area residents of abusing his generosity by not supporting his bid for MP.
The dismantling of the boreholes spearheaded by Okumu-Ringa who is said to own huge chunks of land in the municipality, 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.
The ex-Minister also blamed the community for not being appreciative, but added he will reconcile with the community at later time after making them realize his importance. According to him, he wants them to learn the hard way that he has contributed so much development in the area compared to all other people.
“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 confirmed to Sunday Vision.