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Karamoja to get valley dams, tanks

By Vision Reporter

Added 20th July 2010 03:00 AM

THE Office of the Prime Minister, through the minister in charge of Karamoja affairs, Janet Museveni, will construct valley tanks at parish, sub-county and homestead levels in Karamoja region.

THE Office of the Prime Minister, through the minister in charge of Karamoja affairs, Janet Museveni, will construct valley tanks at parish, sub-county and homestead levels in Karamoja region.

By Josephine Maseruka

THE Office of the Prime Minister, through the minister in charge of Karamoja affairs, Janet Museveni, will construct valley tanks at parish, sub-county and homestead levels in Karamoja region.

The tanks will provide water for production and consumption, according to the Prime Minister, Prof. Apolo Nsibambi. He said these are some of the key issues to be tackled by his office this financial year.

Appearing before the parliamentary committee on presidential affairs, chaired by Norman Muwulize (NRM), Nsibambi defended the sh141b budget for the project, saying it will be financed locally and from donors.

The permanent secretary, of the Prime Minister’s Office, Pius Bigirimana, explained that they had completed a survey of the valley tanks and dams project in Moroto.

“We will build valley dams in each of the 148 sub-counties before extending the programme to other districts in the Karamoja region,” Bigirimana said.

He was optimistic that with early planting, the Karimojong would have a good harvest this season.

Bigirimana said the defence ministry would fund sh11b needed to pay salaries of 11,000 arrow and amuka boys groups that helped the army fight the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels in Teso and Lango regions.

“We have advised them to mobilise themselves in groups in order to benefit from the ongoing Peace Rec overy and Development Plan and the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund livelihood programmes,” Bigirimana said.

Nsibambi said this office would construct 54 houses to resettle Acholi traditional chiefs and their subjects.

He noted that his office faced challenges in the areas of capacity building, staffing, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of development projects in the region.

“We have a challenge in disaster preparedness and management. Most of Karamoja region has been affected by famine as a result of prolonged drought. The challenge has been to provide relief in a timely manner.”

Karamoja to get valley dams, tanks

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