Members of Parliament from the Karamoja region have protested the
appointments of Maria Goretti Kitutu and Agnes Nandutu as Ministers in charge
President Museveni on Tuesday evening appointed the former Energy Minister
Maria Goretti Kitutu as Minister for Karamoja and former NTV journalist Agnes
Nandutu the Minister of State for Karamoja. Kitutu is the Woman MP Manafwa
while Agnes Nandutu Bududa Woman MP.
In a press conference held on Friday at Parliament, the 15 MPs
from Karamoja said that the appointments should be revised because appointing
people from outside Karamoja will not help the people of Karamoja.
Remigio Achia, the Pian County MP and chair of the Karamoja group
says that Karamoja has a unique problem that doesn’t only require an
understanding of the region, but also someone who understands the language and
can mobilize the people.
He says that there is insecurity in Karamoja due to increasing cattle
rustling. He says that such challenges need to be addressed by a native
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According to Achia, the past Ministers of Karamoja who do not hail
from the region have been tourists in the area because they don’t understand
the needs of the natives.
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Faith Nakut, the Woman MP Napak says that the Problem with
Ministers who are not from Karamoja, they come with a mentality that people in
Karamoja are backward, and this hinders them from working.
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The MPs say that the President should revise the cabinet.
Paul Lokol the LCV Chairperson Nabilatuk says that the appointment
of the two ministers who hail from the Bugisu region to manage Karamoja affairs
is an insult to the people of Karamoja.
He says that despite the Karimojong being loyal to NRM, they are still
not pleased with the appointments.
"Why send the same people from Bugisu to Karamoja. Are our
MPs not legible for those positions? He asked.
Simon Nangiro one of the opinion leaders says that the appointment
of Kitutu and Nadutu both is meant to impress the Bagisu region and not Karamojong.
Joyce Nangiro, a resident of Moroto Municipality says appointing
people who do not know pastoralism will not address the concerns of the Karamojongs.