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MPs Want NUSAF Projects Audited

Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak South MP noted that despite huge sums of money that the Government has spent on poverty eradication programmes, the people of Northern Uganda are being ranked the poorest in the country,
23 Nov 2022 08:48
Pplenary sitting on Tuesday

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Members of Parliament have demanded a forensic audit of different poverty alleviation projects by the Office of the Prime Minister in Northern Uganda.

The Northern Uganda Action Fund - NUSAF program commenced in 2003 and closed in 2009 after the World Bank approved USD 100 million about 374.7 billion Shillings to support the peace recovery and development plan. The credit from the International Development Association – IDA to improve access of beneficiary households to income-earning opportunities and better basic socio-economic services. 

In 2009, another phase of the NUSAF II program worth USD 100 million was launched and closed in 2015 to facilitate infrastructure rehabilitation to improve access to basic socio-economic services including rehabilitation of schools, community water points, community access roads, and health centers among others.

Further, NUSAF III program worth USD 130 million, about 487 billion Shillings was launched in 2015 and ended on June 30, 2021, to provide effective income support to and build the resilience of poor and vulnerable households in Northern Uganda following an end to the Lord's Resistance Army - LRA rebel insurgency.

Currently, the Government is engaging the World Bank Group in the initial design phase of the NUSAF IV program under the OPM.

Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak South MP noted that despite huge sums of money that the Government has spent on poverty eradication programmes, the people of Northern Uganda are being ranked the poorest in the country, an indication the NUSAF projects have not met the intended target.

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Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja admitted that the Government has injected a lot to facilitate infrastructure rehabilitation aimed at improving access to basic socio-economic but there has been limited impact on the beneficiaries.

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Jonathan Odur, the Erute County South MP argues that accountability of the previous funds that were coordinated by the OPM must be audited, noting that the OPM officials have been at the center of embezzlement of the NUSAF funds which an audit inquiry must address.

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Several Members of Parliament from Greater Northern Uganda that includes; West Nile, Karamoja, Lango, Teso, Bunyoro, Acholi, Elgon, and Bukedi want to be closely involved in the consultation processes before NUSAF IV commences to address critical issues of the targeted masses.

At the end of July 2022, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) in its Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) report revealed that up to 18 million Ugandans struggle with multiple forms of poverty.

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