The government of Uganda in the past thirteen years been engaging leaders in the Karamoja region in better farming methods including the use of irrigation to grow crops and the construction of valley dams that would act as sources of water in the area.
The herdsmen mainly from Napak, Nakapiripirit and Amudat districts in Karamoja sub region came into Katakwi in search of water and pasture for their livestock. They reportedly traveled with an estimated 2000 head of cattle and settled in the villages at the border of Katakwi and Karamoja sub region.
Mrs Museveni, while speaking at the handover ceremony for ministers under the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday, says the ministry spearheaded several projects, which have changed the lives of communities, as well as perceptions on what the region offers.
The innovation being promoted by the UN children's Fund (UNICEF) and medical Charity Doctors with Africa consists of three components which include two large foam plastic cushions joined by a narrow bridge and a stool. The woman sits on the bridge, which is easily compressed, allowing her to sink into a modified squatting position.
Hunger victims in Napak and Kaabong districts are still fighting to survive with little flow of relief hand-outs from government. A dry spell characterized by a severe sun shine and cold nights set in five weeks ago devastating the entire Sub Region leaving at least 21 people dead.
The Office of the Prime Minister has suspended the tractor scheme for Karamoja sub region effective next financial year. Karamoja Affairs Minister Janet Museveni says the scheme, worth over 20 billion shillings, has been mismanaged. She apologized to the beneficiaries saying the government will soon come up with a new alternative.