Otuke East MP

Ugandan MP who receives 40 phone calls per day from his voters 

(Last Updated On: 28 February 2024)

Kampala I A Member of Parliament belonging to the ruling party – the NRM said on average, he receives ‘overwhelming’ phone calls from his voters in Otuke East. All the callers, he said, have problems.

MP Julius Acon Bua told tndNews in an interview on February 28 at Parliament. He revealed that even if the 40 phone calls per day are overwhelming, he is closer to the callers [those who elected him]. 

“Like for me, the average phone calls from Otuke are about 40 per day and all these are problems. There is no phone call which I receive only for greetings or to ask how are you doing. Sometimes they don’t even greet you; they only say ‘Honourable, I have a problem.’ 

“They don’t introduce themselves.  It’s a big challenge, it’s for everybody but for me, I see that average of 40 phone calls a day. 

“Sometimes I explain and say, ‘Look, if I give you [money] now I have to go and repair boreholes and that is about shs500,000 to shs1m, why don’t I go and repair the boreholes?’ I got an ambulance, I have the hospital next to you there, nearer and affordable and then also I have to look for money to go for Church fundraising, I have to look for the money for burials.’

“There are a lot of explanations. Sometimes we go broke and you don’t even have money on your mobile phone, it’s not easy,” he said.

In Uganda, a country with a population of almost close to 48 million people, the majority of the population is underprivileged. A big number are also unemployed. 

“Unemployment rate in Uganda remained unchanged at 2.9 per cent in 2023 from 2.9 per cent in 2022,” according to Trading Economics.

Relatedly, according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), youth unemployment in Uganda increased from 6.54 per cent in 2021 to 6.58 per cent in 2022.

The above statistics, somewhat – if not entirely – show why many people still rely on their elected leaders for different kinds of support. 

Acon – also a successful athlete – is serving his second term in Parliament. He has been a Member of Parliament since 2016.

In the 8 years of representing Otuke East, he has drilled 75 boreholes and repaired approximately 200 of them.

According to Acon, he has also distributed 22,000 bags of maize seeds to households in Otuke for the past 11 years.

In total, a Ugandan MP earns at least shs35m per month, excluding shs200m advanced to each for cars after every [general] election.

Read the full interview with MP Acon here.

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