Uganda @50: Karamoja’s walk from lawlessness to development

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viagra 40mg geneva; font-size: small; text-align: justify; width: 500px;” valign=”top”>As Uganda clocks 50 years of self rule, cure the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has registered commendable progress in the rehabilitation of Northern Uganda and ensured the function of monitoring and evaluation is entrenched in government to assess the performance of Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

Some of the development partners that have facilitated the work of OPM include Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, World Bank, European Union, Department for International Development (DFID) of the UK, Netherlands and Austria.

The OPM has successfully implemented the Peace Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) of Northern Uganda and undertaken coordination of the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) and development of capacities for prevention, preparedness, and response to natural and human induced Disasters and Refugees. Here are the key achievements recorded by the OPM in recent years.

Health and sanitation
Government has addressed the issue of Health and Sanitation by improving health services in Karamoja. Moroto Hospital has been upgraded to provide specialised health services in the region. Houses for health personnel were constructed. The most vulnerable persons in the region are also being helped in different aspects of life.

Community Enhancement and Control of Cattle theft.
In collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture a total of over 70,000 heads of cattle have undergone electronic branding in the districts of Moroto, Napak, Abim, Kaabong and a few sub-counties in Kotido. The exercise will soon extend to the remaining districts. This is reinforcing the disarmament exercise by security agencies spearheaded by the UPDF. The disarmament exercise has reportedly recovered 90% of all illegal guns from the local communities in Karamoja. This has brought about relative peace and development is taking shape. To consolidate the existing law and order in Karamoja, cross border and community peace initiatives are being pursued through dialogue.

Education and street children:
In collaboration with Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, UWESO, UNICEF and GIZ, Government has prepared a comprehensive plan which will see durable solutions persistent street challenge will be set up at Kobulim youth training centre in Napak district. The centre will provide skills for the youth and help transform the livelihood of the people in Karamoja. The KIDP will also put increasing focus on addressing shortcomings of the health sector, on infrastructure development and on capacity building, especially in the use of hydra form technology.

Bolus trackers used to make the cattle rustling more difficult
From Right. Mrs Janet Museveni with some of the
pupils from one of the primary schools in Karamoja

The Under Secretary Pacification and Development, Office of the Prime Minister, Flavia Waduwa who is supporting the Permanent Secretary in the reconstruction of Northern Uganda and Karamoja says that despite many challenges that were registered, ranging from hash climatic conditions, insecurity, poor roads and in some cases negative attitudes from some individuals, they were determined to push on and indeed remarkable achievements have been registered. She says, they have now embarked on PRDP2 and they are destined for success. Nadunget Hydraform Housing project Acherer Hydraform Housing project


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