PAKWACH. The leadership of Pakwach district local government has made a passionate plea to the speaker of Parliament Ms Rebecca Kagaga to intercede for them in the government in the development of rich and historical tourist sites.

They also want the speaker to make a follow up of 300 billion shillings irrigation scheme which was launched at Wadelai in 2015 but has stalled.

The district lost a voice in the cabinet when former Jonam MP and former minister of state for Finance Mr Jacan Omach lost in the elections of 2016 general elections, his replacement is an opposition MP.

The leaders made the plea during a thanks giving ceremony of Pakwach district woman member of Parliament Ms Jane Pacutho over the weekend.

Mr Richard Ochan Veve, the Local Council III chairman of Wadelai Sub County said “much as the physibility studies were done and completed in 2015, we have not seen progress on this proposed irrigation scheme which would have boosted agriculture”

He said the project; located in water stressed area would help the local community improve house hold income as has been the wish of the government.

His comments were further re-echoed by Mr Jachan Omach who said such project, if completed, will help absorb the youth into meaningful employment.

But Ms Kadaga, reacting about the development of tourist sites said plans are under way to develop Emin Pasha Monument in Wadelai into a viable tourist destination in the country.

Among other historical and tourist sites which have remained undeveloped are the Wang-Lei at the foot of Pakwach Bridge where Labong and Gipir, the ancestors of the Luo people are believed to have separated from and Amouripi hot springs in Panyimour Sub County.

Kadaga also urged the locals embrace the operation wealth creation programs saying it’s one of the avenues to fight poverty and embrace household income.

“Parliament has directed next financial year all input for Operations Wealth Creation be bought from each district to create Market and avoid issues of vagaries of weather” She said.

She also promised to report to the president and bring to book officials who have been implicated in the eviction of over 200 residents in Nwoya district.

Ms Pacutho promised to focus of education especially on that of the girl child which she said is doing badly in the district.