NAPAK, February 6, 2024 – The National Resistance Movement [NRM] Secretary General, Richard Todwong, has urged the people in Karamoja Sub-region to work towards ensuring a peaceful and prosperous society.
Todwong said this while officiating at the belated Liberation Day celebrations in Napak district yesterday.
Todwong noted that government’s role is to providing peace, security, and infrastructure, stressing that individuals should take charge of their households so that they can develop. “The work of the government is to bring peace, security, and infrastructure; the rest is for your household. You are the President of your home, and it must be a centre of excellence. Your children must not be married before the right age,” he said.
He discouraged the locals from overdrinking alcohol, saying they should concentrate more on economic activities that positively impact their lives. He urged the community to utilise existing roads to business, thereby enhancing economic opportunities.
Todwong stressed the reinstatement of roles and responsibilities for elders, emphasizing that grooming children from home leads to a peaceful society.
He said cattle rustling affects the economic progress of Karamoja, reiterating that the NRM government remains committed to implementing special programmes for the region until significant development is achieved.
He also emphasised the need to positively market Karamoja, highlighting its natural assets, including Kidepo Valley National Park, which he said is one the beautiful game parks in the country.
On her part, Faith Nakut, the Napak District Woman Member of Parliament, stressed the need for the Uganda People’s Defence Force [UPDF] to play a role in Karamoja’s economic liberation.
“In addition to securing Karamoja, the UPDF should also take on the economic liberation of Karamoja. We need a hand so that we can walk with you,” she said stated.
On improving the education standards in the region, MP Nakut proposed that there should be forceful and compulsory education in Karamoja, suggesting that street children attend schools in the region for a minimum specified period of time.
Meanwhile, Todwong paid a visit Nakut’s demonstration farm at Namendera Parish, Iriri Sub-county, NAPAK district. He lauded the MP for implementing the wealth creation message in her home area, emphasising that this approach would not only enhance food security but also contribute to improving household incomes.
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