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DryLands Project Urged to Teach Karimojong Food, Water Preservation

First Lady and Karamoja Affairs Minister Janet Museveni with the Karimojong after handing over equipment donated by the DryLands Integrated Development Project to Lorengedwat Health Centre III in Nakapiripirit District during her visit to the region

Thousands of Ugandans will on Sunday rally on Kampala streets to echo the call for climate action ahead of the UN Climate Summit (COP21) in Paris.

There will also be a climate change bicycle rally and people will meet in Bwaise Slum, find http://clouda.ca/wp-content/plugins/revslider/inc_php/revslider_slider.class.php a Kampala suburb which is one of areas heavily affected by climate change.

The rally will see at least 100 people share their stories on how they have been affected by climate change.

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It will be addressed by Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu, http://deepcreekflyfishers.org/components/com_jfbconnect/libraries/provider/twitter/widget/oembed.php head of Uganda’s delegation to COP21 and other key government decision makers and politicians.

As part of the Global Climate March, citizens around the globe will call on governments to speed up action on climate change by signing an ambitious climate agreement.

Many around the Globe will take to the streets ahead of the December UN Climate summit in Paris calling on local and world leaders to take urgent action to halt man-made climate change, eradicate poverty and address inequality.

The summit in Paris is the second of two unique UN summits in 2015, which together provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change.

At the UNGA in September, world leaders committed to a new set of Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Now leaders face their first test on whether they are serious about making these goals a reality.

According to Isaac Kabongo, Executive Director, Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO), addressing climate change, and ending poverty and inequalities are two sides of the same coin.

“We cannot deliver sustainable development without tackling climate change, and we cannot tackle climate change without addressing the root causes of poverty, inequality and unsustainable development patterns,” he said.

He added that if leaders want to fully implement the newly adopted Global Goals, tackling inequality and ending poverty within a generation, they will need to fairly transition their economies from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy.
President Museveni has lashed as former United Nations Secretary General, http://contemporarydancevideos.com/wp-admin/includes/menu.php Kofi Annan for trying to influence Uganda’s internal politics, information pills http://csanz.edu.au/wp-content/themes/yoo_unity_wp/warp/src/warp/config/loader/phploader.php saying he will give his all to protect the country’s sovereignty.

While addressing a press briefing at Moliringa State Lodge, malady http://ccalliance.org/blog/wp-includes/class-wp-site.php Moroto district on Thursday, Museveni said the former UN top boss’ meeting with the Ugandan opposition leaders in Europe is “irrelevant because the political dynamics in the country can only be best handled here.”

Kofi Annan and former International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor, Moreno Ocampo recently convened a meeting with Ugandan opposition groups under the loose Democratic Alliance (TDA) in London to form a joint front against Museveni in the 2016 elections.

The TDA was formed in April this year ahead of 2016 general elections purposely to pick a single presidential from among all opposition forces to challenge the National Resistance Movement’s president Museveni.

After several attempts TDA failed to agree on a single candidate between the Forum for Democratic Change’s Dr Kizza Besigye and the Go Forward’s Amama Mbabazi.

The TDA principals including Bishop Dr. Zac Niringiye, Godber Tumushabe and politicians including Mbabazi, Besigye, Dr. Olara Otunnu and the Democratic Party’s Norbert Mao first went to Nairobi and met the neighbouring country’s opposition leader, Raila Odinga.

The Nairobi meeting realized no fruits and towards the presidential nominations, Annan and Ocampo tried a last attempt to make things work but there was no difference.

During the nominations both Besigye and Mbabazi participated in the exercise and are both actively canvassing for votes.

President Museveni described the intervention of Annan as a waste of time.

“Nothing. I heard that Kofi Annan also sat with these opposition leaders who are fond of travelling to those European countries and America. How can you decide for Uganda in Europe?” President Museveni asked.

Museveni said Annan should better concentrate on the matters of his home country Ghana and leave issues of Uganda to the people who vote.

“Annan should focus his energies on problems facing Ghana but not Uganda. For us it is very simple here. Our people are the ones vote and they are here not in Europe,” warned Museveni.

Annan assumed office of UN Secretary General on 1st January 1997 to 31st December 2006.

A close friend of UPC’s Olara Otunnu, Annan was preceded by Boutros Boutros-Ghali and succeeded by South Korean’s Ban Ki-moon who is still holding the office.
Janet Museveni, health http://clinicapetterson.com.br/wp-includes/author-template.php the First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, http://cstaab.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/wc-user-functions.php has urged the DryLands IntegratedDevelopment Project implementers in the Karamoja region to teach the communities to preserve food, pasture and sufficient water to enable them go through the challenges of the dry seasons.

“The recent prolonged dry spell in the region should be an eye opener to both the project and the Karimojong communities to begin planning for food for families and pasture for animals to avoid starvation during the dry season,” she said.

She noted that as we experience climate change, good farmers should preserve what they get in a good season’s harvest.

 

The Minister made the remarks on Wednesday afternoon during field visits to Lotome in Napak District and Lorengedwat in Nakapiripirit District.

First Lady Janet Museveni with the Team leader of the DryLands Integrated Development Project in Karamoja Robert Ayesiga (in black suit) and other members of staff plus the Pian County MP in Nakapiripirit District

First Lady Janet Museveni with the Team leader of the DryLands Integrated Development Project in Karamoja Robert Ayesiga (in black suit) and other members of staff plus the Pian County MP in Nakapiripirit District

She also witnessed the progress of programmes by the Drylands Integrated Development Project-DRIP that is implemented under the Office of the Prime Minister.

The Project, operating in four districts of Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Amudat and Napak aims at increasing income and reduction of poverty among the pastoral people.

Community Livestock workers under the DryLands Integrated Development Project in Karamoja demonstrate to First Lady Janet Museveni the skills they impart to communities to ensure good health of their animals. This was at Kalokengel in Lotome Sub county

Community Livestock workers under the DryLands Integrated Development Project in Karamoja demonstrate to First Lady Janet Museveni the skills they impart to communities to ensure good health of their animals. This was at Kalokengel in Lotome Sub county

Janet Museveni said that the DryLands Integrated Project was designed to help change the mindset of the people of Karamoja in the way they care for themselves and their animals.

“Now that the rains are here, I am hoping that we start a new phase of food production with quick maturing seeds so that we have food for the people and pasture for the animals,” the First Lady said.

She encouraged the Dry Lands Integrated Project to plant a variety of crops like cassava, sorghum, potatoes, millet, bananas and beans that would help fight hunger.

She also implored the Karimojong to stop consumption of Waragi which she said destroys their internal organs and leads to death.

Janet Museveni advised the media to join Government in the transformation drive for Karamoja instead of always portraying Karamoja negatively.

Robert Ayesiga, the Team leader DRIP said his project was committed to eradicating extreme poverty, hunger and preventable diseases and empower the communities in Karamoja  to improvetheir lives in the next five years.

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