He reiterated government's commitment to establish big water dams to address drought and water scarcity in the region.
President Museveni. PPU photo
President Yoweri Museveni has challenged the leadership of
Karamoja over the biting poverty in the region.
While commissioning Moroto Bus Terminal this afternoon, Museveni tasked the leaders to wake up the population to adopt to new technologies like modern agriculture to get out of poverty.
He observed that while
government is working on infrastructural development, the local population
should be engaging in different activities to improve on their livelihood.
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The president noted that the biting poverty contributes to
low local revenue collection that affects development.
He urged both the local community and their
leaders in the region to focus on income generating activities and wealth
He reiterated government's commitment to establish big
water dams to address drought and water scarcity in the
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Karamoja commands the highest poverty levels in the country
with about 60% of the people in the region living below the poverty line.
Besides the biting poverty levels, many households in the
region are hunger stricken, leaving the population to survive on handouts.
However, Karamoja has vast mineral deposits including
marble, limestone and gold, among others. Recently, government also revealed
the existence of oil along Moroto- Kadam belt.
Bureau Chief, Soroti
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