Ugandan President Yuweri Museveni has made a heartfelt promise to prioritise wealth creation and poverty alleviation in the region of Karamoja in a bid to uplift the lives of those in marginalised areas.
The president has further revealed plans to set up more dams to trap more water as the government makes efforts to deal with the water crisis in the region.
The announcement came during a meeting in Kaweweta with leaders from the Karamoja sub-region, one of the communities struggling with economic disparities and limited opportunities.
“I spent the afternoon in Kaweweta talking to leaders from the Karamoja sub-region. I advised them to go back and have more discussions so we meet again to come up with a consolidated package of wealth creation and poverty alleviation for the people of Karamoja,” Museveni said.
“Karamoja lacks food and water. We have therefore agreed with the leaders that government brings tractors in that area to make sure they grow enough food collectively but also help them do it individually. “For the water problem, we are going to set up more dams to trap more water. After dealing with food and water, we move to another phase where households can earn money quickly and that becomes our strategy.”
He was welcomed in a colourful durbar, where the people of Karamoja honoured the president with their traditional dancing.
During his address to the residents of Karamoja, President Museveni expressed his deep commitment to addressing the challenges facing the region. He acknowledged the historical neglect that these communities have endured and pledged to spearhead initiatives aimed at transforming their fortunes.
Museveni recognised the immense potential that lies within Karamoja’s natural resources and cultural heritage. He emphasised the importance of tapping into these assets to drive sustainable development and economic growth. The President outlined a comprehensive plan that includes infrastructure development, capacity building, and the promotion of entrepreneurship as key pillars for creating lasting change.
To kickstart this transformative journey, President Museveni unveiled several ambitious projects tailored specifically for Karamoja. These initiatives include the establishment of vocational training centres to equip young people with practical skills, the construction of modern marketplaces to enhance local trade, and the implementation of agricultural programmes to boost food security and create sustainable livelihoods.
Furthermore, Museveni announced plans for the construction of a state-of-the-art irrigation system to maximise agricultural productivity in the arid region. This innovative project aims to harness the power of technology and modern farming techniques, enabling local farmers to cultivate a diverse range of crops throughout the year.
President Museveni’s promises have sparked newfound hope among the inhabitants of Karamoja. The announcement has given birth to a renewed sense of optimism and inspired the community to actively participate in the development process. Local leaders and residents have expressed their gratitude and pledged their commitment to work hand in hand with the government to bring about meaningful change.
As the sun sets on the horizon, casting its golden hues over the vast landscapes of Karamoja, the people now stand united in their shared vision of a brighter future. With President Museveni’s promises echoing through the valleys and hills, the path towards wealth creation and poverty alleviation in Karamoja seems within reach.