By Ronald Kabuye
The Prime Minister of uganda Rt Hon Ruhakana Rugunda has launched a six year program for developing 33 districts of the five sub regions of Acholi, karamoja, Lango, Teso and West Nile which will cost a total of 150.6 million euro a grant committed by the European Union EU.
The program dubbed Development Initiative for Northern Uganda DINU will mainly focus on food security, nutrition and livelihood, infrastructure that’s transport, logistics, water, energy and good governance.
While launching DINU, the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda said that the grant and program is timely since government is already in the battle to fight and eradicate poverty and under development in the area which the program’s major focus is the leading catalyst for development.
He appealed to the local leaders and technocrats and stakeholders to own up the program and the implenters to learn from the problems and mistakes done in the previous projects in order to deliver on a high quality program and achieve the intended goals in addition to being cognizant of the conflicts in the area.
“we managed to end war in northern uganda and cattle wrestling and now the battle we are engaged in is to end poverty and under development.
The implementers of the program must be cognizant of the conflicts in the area such as land wrangles, youth unemployment and limited access to water thus should amicably work on them.” said Rugunda
” To the local leaders, implementers and technocratics your role is to offer leadership, accountability, inspection, supervision, transparency and lure the population to own the program.” he added
In the same way the European Union ambassador HE Attilio Pacifici said that the project will go a long way in ensuring long lasting peace, security, stability and development of the region especially by boosting agriculture.
The ambassador said the considerable support will be provided to government to enable them fulfil the needs of the citizens and among the areas to be supported is improved planning and budgeting, better sector management and service delivery, improved upwards and downwards accountability.
Recent survey done by Uganda bureau of statistics UBOS indicate 32.5% of people in northern uganda live below the poverty lines accounting for the biggest number in the country, 68% of the total 1.4 million in the country are leaving in northern uganda and mal nutrition accounting for 37% in Karamoja which has harden development in the area despite the many programs focusing in the same area ever since the war ended including Northern Uganda Rehabilitation Program NUREP, Northern Uganda Agricultural livelihood Recovery Program ALREP and Karamoja Livelihood Program KALIP and now DINU.