Joyce Alungat, the Chairperson of Women’s Network Amudat explains that the rapists killed their victims with the purpose of defeating justices for their heinous crime. She said that the rapists killed the women in Karita, a cosmopolitan area along the Uganda- Kenya border area.
The 300 Million Shillings centre that will be located at the district headquarters is being funded by the UNFPA. It will house survivors of gender-based violence and girls escaping from Female Genital Mutilation cases.
URN reports that girls as young as 12 and above are eluding legal frameworks including law enforcement by sneaking for to cut themselves in small groups before the parents finally find them a specialist to complete the procedure.
Amudat does not have any radio station at all, while the nearest, Heritage FM based in Nakapiripirit is not received in the area. The only radio station listened to in Amudat is Kenya’s Kalya which is based in Kapenguria. Kalya broadcasts in Kiswahili and Pokot languages without any education program, according to residents.
She encouraged the survivors to overcome traditional beliefs and culture by embracing education and ensuring they complete school and become future leaders. Malango said there were opportunities for the survivors to make a turnaround and take charge of their own future by staying in school by attaining higher levels of education.
Amudat District Health Officer Dr Peter Kusolo is optimistic that with the upgrade, the community of Amudat will access more specialized services such as laboratory, surgical and maternity. He is hopeful that this will also curtail maternal deaths.
The markets are being constructed by Amudat District local government with support from Mercy Corps, Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) and government of Uganda, through the Resilience Project.
The district has fixed a total road distance of 89 kilometres on nine road sections in three sub-counties creating access to areas that were cut off due to a collapsed road network. The district Engineer Martin Opio says that over 260 million Shillings from the Uganda Road Fund has been spent on the task which started in June 2019.
Honey production has been changing fortunes for residents in Amudat district who initially relied heavily on cattle keeping and subsistence farming. For the last two years, production has increased thanks to support from district production office and Nabuin Zonal Agricultural Research Development Institute.
In its district council resolution of May 31st, Amudat leaders petitioned the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government for immediate transfer of the CAO who has been in the district for less than six months.
In his petition, Lotem claims that the recruitment was not based on merit but on tribe, nepotism, political affiliation and solicitation [exchange] of money for jobs. He also indicated that the positions advertised were filled with people without the required qualifications.
However, after the interviews, some of the posts had their appointments withheld following a petition by a concerned citizen in the district. The petitioner cited political interference in the recruitment process.
Dr. Stephen Kajura, the National Coordinator of Resilience Project at MAAIF says they have written to the contractor about the delayed construction. He notes that the contractor handling Amudat works is still handling the Nakapiripirit Market under the same project.
Apart from the District Internal Auditor and the District Production Officer, all other heads of department are in acting positions. According to the Auditor General’s Report for the 2016/2017 financial year, the district had a staffing gap of 160 positions.