Karamoja Leaders Trained to Foster Socioeconomic Progress

Karamoja Leaders Trained to Foster Socioeconomic Progress
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Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja addressed over 250 local leaders from the Karamoja sub-region, emphasizing the government’s commitment to empower them as role models for their communities. The occasion took place at the Oliver Reginald Tambo School of Leadership and Pan African Center of Excellence in Kaweweta, Nakaseke District.

During the Ideological Orientation Course organized by the Ministry of Defense and Veteran Affairs, Nabbanja lauded the importance of local leaders in fostering unity for sustainable peace and socioeconomic transformation.

Nabbanja stressed the significance of adhering to NRM principles, including Democracy, Patriotism, Pan Africanism, and Socio-economic transformation, and encouraged leaders to influence people through exemplary leadership rather than suppressing their views.

She highlighted the role of democracy in promoting the rule of law, accountability, and people-centered decision-making, which can combat issues like corruption and sectarianism.

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The Prime Minister underscored the vital relationship between security and socio-economic development, noting the challenges Karamoja has faced due to internal and external security threats.

The government has implemented various initiatives in Karamoja to address these challenges, including constructing valley tanks, water reservoirs, irrigation facilities, school feeding programs, and livestock distribution. These measures aim to enhance food security and promote economic growth in the region.

In the short term, the government plans to promote agricultural production, improve storage facilities, support farmers, and introduce local irrigation farming to ensure year-round food production.

Medium-term strategies include donor mobilization, fencing off animal conservation areas, and constructing strategic water reservoirs, while long-term plans involve road construction, additional dams, mechanization, and development models like the Parish Development Model and Emyooga.

Nabbanja reaffirmed the government’s commitment to transforming Karamoja and encouraged leaders to help diversify income sources and discourage land fragmentation.

Maj. General Henry Matsiko, the UPDF Chief Political Commissar, emphasized the importance of the training in orienting leaders toward the country’s development agenda.

Felix Mark Lochaale, the Karenga LC V Chairperson, expressed the leaders’ readiness to contribute to Karamoja’s development.

The leaders from Karamoja, including LC V Chairpersons, District Councilors, and LC III Chairpersons, underwent a three-week training program focusing on leadership skills, government programs, and learning from Nakaseke leaders’ experiences in the transformation agenda.

President Yoweri Museveni was expected to preside over the training’s closure.

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