MADI-OKOLLO. Former Madi-Okollo county Member of Parliament, Mr Martin Drito has promised to improve education in Upper Madi-Okollo constituency by providing meals for candidate pupils and lobbying for a vocational training institute for skills development for the youth.

The former legislator who served under the undivided Madi Okollo constituency (2011-2016) is seeking re-election as an independent candidate in the 2021 general elections.

He made the promise while launching his manifesto on Saturday at Ajibu primary school in Okollo Sub County.

Besides the key focus on education, Drito promised to lobby for improved access to clean water and road network, offer financial support to women SACCOs, support mobility for persons with disability among others.

Drito who said he has been offering assistance to candidate pupils despite being voted out in 2016, further wants to advocate for improvement of welfare of teachers in schools as well as equipping the schools with computers and printers.

“Despite me not being in parliament, for two years, I have been providing candidates with food and scholastic materials. We need to improve the education standards by also improving the welfare of teachers”, the former legislator stated.

Drito was replaced by the incumbent Mr Isaac Etuka in 2016 when the original Madi Okollo constituency was split into lower and upper Madi Okollo constituencies.

His supporters said they want him to go back to parliament because his leadership has existing evidences on ground.

“I am supporting Mr Drito because I want good leadership, he seems to be more competent than other candidates who can instil unity in this baby district”, Ms Kwiyocwiny Peace, a voter in the constituency said.

Mr Ivan Adriko, another supporter said “we are in darkness as no one is showing the right direction, he did work and we really want him to go back even though we made a mistake by earlier voting him out”

Although Drito did not win NRM flag during primaries, he has continued to call himself ‘the father of NRM in Madi-Okollo district.

He will tussle for the seat with six others including incumbent Isaac Joakino Etuka.