LEADERS in northern Uganda have been warned against politicising government programmes, which are meant to rebuild the war-ravaged region.
The call was made by the state minister for nothern Uganda, David Wakikona, in a speech read by the commissioner in charge of the northern reconstruction programme, Elizabeth Alimadi Ocitti.
Ocitti was on Wednesday commissioning an office block at Oyam district headquarters.
The office was built by the German development service (DED) with funding from the Northern Uganda Rehabilitation Programme (NUREP).
â€œLetâ€™s not bring politics into government and other development programmes by partners like NUREP, DED and others.
I urge you to think about the recovery of our areas and not politics. If we politicise developmental programmes, investments, stability and security, then it will be our people to suffer,â€ she said.
DED has also constructed one office block at Otwal sub-country headquarters and VIP latrines in primary schools and health centres in Oyam district. The two office blocks and latrines cost about sh294m.
The country director of DED, Bodo Immink, said they would provide more services to the needy people who are returning to their homes from camps.
He appealed to the development partners and the Government to combine efforts to rebuild the north.
The DED head for eastern and southern Africa based in Tanzania, Inga Zacher, hailed the government for the good cooperation with the development partners.
She said the development partners would work with the government to reintegrate the people who were displaced by the LRA insurgency.
NUREP programme manager Reint Bakema urged district leaders in Acholi and Lango to monitor the quality of construction works by development partners. â€œWe encourage you to monitor the on-going construction works. If things are not going well, tell us so that we can tell our implementing partners,â€ he said.
The Oyam district chairman, Col. (rtd) Charles Okello Engola appealed to DED to help them rebuild the dilapidated schools in the return areas. â€œPlease DED, write more proposals for funding from NUREP to construct teachersâ€™ houses in the villages where people have returned,â€ he appealed.
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