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DRC's artillery component exhibits its might in Kinshasa last year

The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has reiterated Government commitment to continue supporting the people of Northern Uganda and Karamoja on their development path until the region attains the same level of development as the rest of the country.

Dr Rugunda said after the rehabilitation phase, visit web http://cmareno.com/wp-admin/includes/schema.php Northern Uganda and Karamoja had moved to the development phase where the people themselves are defining their visions as Government actively supports them to realize their aspirations.

The Premier made the remarks while officiating at the national closure workshop for the European Union (EU) funded Northern Uganda Agriculture livelihoods recovery programme (ALREP) and Karamoja Livelihoods Programme (KALIP) at the Office of the President Conference hall on Thursday.

He congratulated the people of Northern Uganda and Karamoja regions for embracing peace and development and actively participating in the shaping of their own future through the government programmes like PRDP, http://cfbtoman.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-site-settings-v1-2-endpoint.php ALREP and KALIP.

Both projects had a total funding of about 120 billion shillings for the period 2010 to 2015.

Over the last 4 years, over 70,000 households in Northern Uganda and 30,000 households in Karamoja had directly benefitted from ALREP and KALIP and about 15 percent of the population in Northern Uganda and Karamoja.

“I am also pleased to note that ALREP and KALIP have spent over 90 percent of the budget and the funds were properly accounted for to the full satisfaction of our development partner. This has helped to redeem the image of the Office of the Prime Minister and rebuild the confidence of our Development Partners,” said the Premier thanking EU for the unwavering support to Northern Uganda and Karamoja

The First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Janet Museveni thanked the EU for funding KALIP whose interventions had benefitted the people of Karamoja especially in the areas of water for production and human consumption, support to Uganda Police Forces, crop production and improved livestock, in addition to capacity building of local governments.

The EU Ambassador, Kristian Schmidt said he had already signed the national indicative programme for the 11th EDF with the Minister of Finance, Maria Kiwanuka which will pave way for a successor programme to ALREP and KALIP.

He said the successor programme should address issues such as nutrition, land issues, gender based violence and reproductive health among others.

“We believe we should increasingly treat Northern Uganda and Karamoja as fully integrated part of Uganda. We would propose, a single major integrated programme covering 30 districts and 7 million people,” said Schmidt.

The Minister of State for Northern Uganda Rehabilitation, Rebecca Amuge Otengo and her counterpart in charge of Teso Affairs Christine Amongin Aporu also heaped praise on ALREP for transforming the lives of people in Acholi, Lango and Teso sub-regions.

The District Chairperson for Nakapiripirit, John Lorot and his counterpart for Gulu, Martin Ojara Mapinduzi on behalf of the beneficiary local governments thanked Government and EU for the partnership which has benefited their districts.

They also requested for a successor programme to consolidate the achievements registered in Northern Uganda and Karamoja.

The closure workshop was also attended among others by Members of Parliament, District Chairpersons, Resident District Commissioners and Technical staff from both central and local governments.
The Congolese armed forces have announced the beginning of military strikes on Rwanda genocidal militia, what is ed http://coparmex.org.mx/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/i18n/locale-info.php FDLR, pharm and capturing one of the militants’ bases, cialis 40mg Chimp Corps report.

DRC information Minister Lambert Mende said the army met “minimal resistance” against FDLR in the Tuesday offensive.

The seriousness of DRC in neutralising the FDLR has always been a matter of concern for regional and international leaders.

This is premised on accusations that during the war on Tutsi M23 rebels, the Hutu militia were used in ground attacks as the South African airforce bombarded Brig Sultan Makenga’s bases.

The Tanzanian artillery component also played a key role in M23’s defeat in December 2013.

Mende said the army bombarded FDLR positions in Moyen Plateau of Mulenge and that the operation “yielded results.”

The DRC, UN, SADC, ICGLR, EU and other stakeholders gave FDLR the deadline of January 2, 2015 to disarm or face military action.

However, UN pulled out of the mission, saying DRC had assigned commanding positions to high ranking army officers accused of human rights abuses in previous military confrontations with rebels in eastern Congo.

The move angered regional leaders, with sources saying, Rwanda and Uganda are looking at other available military options to stop the security threat posed by FDLR and ADF militant groups in Eastern Congo.

Rwanda, which is directly threatened by FDLR, is yet to make remarks.

Foreign Minister Louis Mushikiwabo last week said, “Anybody would hope that a UN mission should not be in a country forever. We want to see results.”

Mushikiwabo, who was speaking at a joint press conference with her Germany counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Kigali, further stressed that despite United Nations spending one billion dollars per annum on the stabilisation and peace enforcement body in DRC, “We have yet to see the results of MONUSCO.”

She emphasised that, MONUSCO “have a key role in the ending the terror of the FDLR genocide militia.”

 

A source last week said, “The East African Standby Force is likely to play a key role in neutralising the FDLR should DRC refuse to take on the militant groups in Eastern Congo.”

Mushikiwabo said Rwanda hopes “that those who have made pledges to remove the FDLR genocide militia from Eastern Congo will honour their commitments,” adding, “Military action against FDLR is very important to stop the genocide militia moving about and causing insecurity.”

She further said the removal of the FDLR threat would allow Rwanda to repatriate 70,000 Congolese refugees who fled the militia’s terror.

FDLR’s extremist ideology and radical leaders are blamed for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. When Paul Kagame’s RPF guerrillas took power in 1994, the genocidaires fled to DRC where they attempted to ‘cleanse’ the region of all Tustis.

Thousands escaped to Rwanda for safety. Since then, FDLR have committed atrocities in DRC and also carried out bombings of the Rwandan territory.

The Germany Minister Steinmeier said the impediments to tackling FDLR must be resolved.

“The wounds of the genocide take time to heal, but Rwanda today is so far from that reality and I wish people to know this,” he stated, adding, “When I return home I will tell my fellow Germans about the efforts Rwanda is making to boost business opportunities.”

He concurred that Rwanda is an anchor of stability in a region “facing significant security challenges” especially from FDLR.

The European Union said in a recent report that FDLR have been receiving military and medical supplies from regional actors not to mention an intensified recruitment exercise of combatants.

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