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Sh850b for Luweero, Rwenzori regions

By Vision Reporter

Added 16th November 2009 03:00 AM

THE Government has earmarked sh850b for the development of the Luweero Triangle and Rwenzori regions that were devastated by war.

THE Government has earmarked sh850b for the development of the Luweero Triangle and Rwenzori regions that were devastated by war.

By Patrick Jaramogi

THE Government has earmarked sh850b for the development of the Luweero Triangle and Rwenzori regions that were devastated by war.

Nyombi Thembo, the Luweero state minister, said sh10b had already been released for the pilot projects.

“These areas suffered due to the long war. We have decided that the districts in Luweero and Rwenzori areas be given funds to develop,” he told MPs from the regions at a consultative meeting held at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala yesterday.

Thembo explained that the programme follows a Cabinet directive to the Office of the Prime Minister on August 2007.
“After the war, we addressed relief and rehabilitation. What is next is development,” he said.

The minister said each parish would receive sh25m each year for development under the plan.
A total of sh204b will be incurred under community grants.

“The grants will be channelled through the sub-county lead saving and cooperative credit societies,” he said.
The programme will cover 29 districts in the Luweero Triangle and the Rwenzori region.

They are Buliisa, Bundibugyo, Hoima, Ibanda, Isingiro, Kabarole, Kalangala, Kampala, Kamwenge, Kasese, Kayunga, Kibaale, Kiboga, Kiruhura and Kyenjojo.

Others are Luweero, Lyantonde, Masaka, Masindi, Mbarara, Mityana, Mpigi, Mubende, Mukono, Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Wakiso, Rakai and Sembabule.

Ruth Nankabirwa, the microfinance state minister who opened the meeting, said the programme aims at addressing the socio-economic effects of the 1981-1986 NRM liberation struggle and the Allied Democratic Force insurgency of 1996-2003 that reversed development of the two sub-regions.

The plan also seeks to increase the number of people living above the poverty line from 69% to 73%.
“It will ensure that 20% of households earn sh20m per year.

“It will also ensure that 100% of the districts in the programme have 65% water coverage,” Nankabirwa said.
A total of sh88.5b will be spent on the health sector, sh77.18b on education, sh242.2b on water and environment, sh9.2b on coordination, sh138b roads and sh20b on energy.

Sh850b for Luweero, Rwenzori regions

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