Rehabilitation of War Conflict Ravaged Areas

As pledged in the NRM Manifesto 2006, the NRM Government embarked on the implementation of plans for the recovery and rehabilitation of war and conflict ravaged areas, as well as dealing with the issue of disarmament in Karamoja.

These efforts are a reflection of the commitment of the NRM to the consolidation of good governance in the country, as outlined below.

Luwero-Rwenzori Development Plan

  1. In May 2010, the NRM Government launched a 5 year Development Plan for the Luwero-Rwenzori Reconstruction Programme. This is an affirmative action for the area which was affected by the NRM protracted war and the ADF insurgency.
  2. Implementation of the Plan has commenced with the disbursement of Uganda Shillings 10 billion to cover the 40 Districts in the two regions.
  3. As the interventions continue being rolled out, additional efforts shall be directed at the establishment of secondary schools in sub counties, and primary schools in parishes, which have none. 

NUSAF 

The Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF Programmes I and II), have been an effort to ensure that communities in the North and North East are able to “catch up” with development processes in the rest of the country.

This, yet again, clearly demonstrates the core belief of the NRM in good governance. 

a) NUSAF I

Challenges not withstanding some achievements have been registered in the implementation of NUSAF I in North and North Eastern Uganda. These include among others;

  1. Construction of 2,693 classrooms, 1,221 teachers’ houses, 63 science laboratories, 20 nursery schools and supplly of 7,902 desks and chairs;
  2. Sinking 1,074 boreholes;
  3. Construction of 44 health units, 85 staff houses and 31 out patient department (OPD) wards;
  4. Construction of 57 roads and 25 bridges and procurement and distribution of 36,631 heifers, 8,657 bulls and 22,748 oxen.

b) NUSAF II

To sustain the improvement of the livelihoods for the people of North and North Eastern Uganda registered under NUSAF I as shown in the above achievements, the NRM Government accessed a loan of USD 100 million from the World Bank to finance NUSAF II as a successor programme.

Under this, the NRM government which will address livelihood support programmes both in terms of grants and cash for work through Public Works. It will also support the community infrastructure and will go a long way to compliment other initiatives in order to achieve the 4 strategic objectives of the PRDP.

Peace Recovery Development Plan (PRDP)

The overall goal of the PRDP for North and North Eastern Uganda launched by the NRM Government as per the NRM 2006 Election Manifesto was to consolidate stability, peace, recovery and development the region. Full implementation commenced with the allocation of Uganda Shillings 100 billion. Furthermore, this Financial Year (2010/2011) UShs 123 billion has been allocated for the implementation of PRDP.

Under the PRDP the following have been achieved:

a) Consolidation of law and order

This has included the establishment of 105 sub county Police Posts and the deployment there of 1200 Police Officers. 3,000 Anti Stock Theft Unit Personnel were trained and deployed in Karamoja to curb the problem of cattle rustling.

b) Rebuilding and Empowering Communities

  1. During the first year of full scale implementation of PRDP, a number of significant achievements were registered including: the construction of 722 classrooms, 275 teachers’ houses, 203 health workers’ houses, 36 Out Patients Wards and maternity units. Additionally 29 shallow wells 160 boreholes and 54 classrooms were rehabilitated.
  2. To facilitate the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their ancestral homes, the NRM Government has procured and distributed 35,349 iron sheets. This financial year additional 32,000 iron sheets have been procured by Government and will soon be distributed to the beneficiaries. Further more 350 ox ploughs, 700 oxen and 350 heifers have been procured and distributed to beneficiaries in the Lango sub region.
  3. In order to support the reintegration of the IDPs, the NRM Government has constructed 54 houses for the Traditional Chiefs of Acholi.
  4. The NRM Government has procured and distributed 60 hydraform brick making machines and trained over 500 youths from the 55 PRDP Districts. From these efforts, the following projects have been undertaken;

A modern Manyata comprising 20 houses in Nadunget sub county-Moroto district;

A modern housing estate comprising 20 houses and a health centre has been constructed in Nakapelimen in Moroto Municipality;

25 houses have been constructed in Wera Sub county in Amuria District;

20 Houses for the Kweyo women Group in Gulu District have been constructed;

A health centre and 2 medical staff houses have been constructed in Pabbo-Amuru District;

c) Revitalization of the Northern Economy

i) Up to 1,000 kilometers of roads have been opened across North and North Eastern Uganda. 

ii) In order to promote commercial agriculture in the region and increase agricultural yields, 29 tractors have been procured and distributed for Acholi, Bunyoro, and Karamoja Sub-regions. 

iii) Farmers in selected PRDP districts were assisted to open up land and plant crops as a way of improving food security and production. The sub regions were supported as follows: Karamoja-2,312 acres; Acholi-3,632.7 acres; Lango-1,744.2 acres; Teso-1,744.2 acres; West Nile–872 acres.

d) Peace Building and Reconciliation

Under this strategic objective, a process of reconciliation and peace building has been embarked on.  Through Amnesty Commission, mechanisms of local intra/inter communal conflict resolutions are being developed.

Karamoja Integrated Disarmament and Development Plan (KIDDP)

a) The NRM Government is committed to the complete disarmament of Karamoja and has continued to engage the people holding illegal guns so that they surrender them voluntarily in a bid to stump out the incidents of banditry and anarchy in the sub region.  This has been supplemented with the cross-border discussions with Kenya and the Government of Southern Sudan.

b) Government has commenced the branding of cows in Karamoja region to help on identification and recovery of animals

c) Government has launched the Karamoja Food Security Action Plan to address persistent hunger and food insecurity in Karamoja sub region.  In this regard, Government procured and distributed 5 tractors and engaged a private firm to plough, harrow and plant food for all communities, starting with groups of vulnerable people who had been identified in each parish.

Additionally, farm inputs like seeds, hoes, pangas, and slashers were availed to all the Districts of Karamoja as part of the Food security campaign.

 

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