By Patrick Okino
The government has said it is set to kick-start a restocking programme in the next financial year in northern Uganda.
The project will focus on four regions devastated by either the Karimojong cattle rustlers or affected by the Lord`s Resistance Army (LRA) conflict.
State minister for northern Uganda rehabilitation, Rebecca Amuge Otengo said sh20b has been earmarked by the government to implement the programme.
Speaking at Adoma primary school in Alebtong district, Otengo said the regions to benefit from the project include Teso, Lango, Acholi and West Nile.
Among other things, they will be restocked with cattle lost during turbulent times.
“Alebtong will receive about 500-600 cattle this financial year,” said Otengo.
Last week the minister met leaders from Lango, West Nile, Teso and Acholi sub-regions in an attempt to disseminate the information to them.
She commended the communities in the region for starting a village saving and loan association programme, calling it a “very successful project”.
But she expressed her disappointment that people divide the money at the end of the year and others drink it off.
Apala LC3 chairman, Felix Odongo acknowledged Otengo for always returning to give the area people information on important issues.
He said the push system introduced by the ministry of health and National Medical Stores (NMS) to deliver drugs to the health facilities is affecting health services because they deliver drugs which are not on demand and at times are expired.
He mentioned that Apala primary school will start boarding section next financial year to improve its performance.