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Karamoja Ministers Commit to Accelerate Transformation Programs in Region

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The Ministers of Karamoja Affairs, Peter Lokeris and Florence Wamala Nambozo (Minister of State) have committed to accelerate programs aimed at transforming the Karamoja sub-region.

During their inaugural visit to the region, the Ministers met with stakeholders in Kotido district to introduce themselves, engage in discussions and address pressing issues.

“We came to introduce ourselves to you, the stakeholders, interact and discuss issues with a view to addressing them head-on to improve and transform the Karamoja sub-region,” Lokeris said.

Lokeris discouraged acts of revenge between criminal elements who sought to perpetuate a cycle of criminality.

He called on security commanders and local leaders to continue collaborating to maintain security, eradicate crime and pave the way for new investment opportunities to accelerate development.

Wamala Nambozo Florence, Minister of State for Karamoja Affairs and Member of Parliament for Sironko District, pledged to work closely with local leaders, particularly on efforts focused on combating food insecurity, providing water for production and ensuring education mandatory for all children.

The meeting recognized that the Karamoja Development Agency (KDA) requires rapid implementation to achieve transformation.

Brigadier General Felix Busizoori, Deputy Commander of the 3rd Division, observed that the sub-region is enjoying relative peace, attributed to compliance with the current Presidential Amnesty window, community mobilization and cross-border commitments.

Senior Commissioner of Police, Elias Kasirabo, Commander of the Anti-Robbery Unit, assured leaders of continued support to close the gaps by ensuring access to police services, including canine services, improving road checkpoints and regulating livestock markets to stop theft.

As a gesture of continued voluntary support to the ongoing disarmament operation, one Karacuna, Pusia Lodomosia of Jimos Village, Itakwara Parish, Napumpum Sub-County in Kotido District, handed over a machine gun (number 06779) to the leaders of the UPDF Division.

Present at the meeting were members of the North Karamoja Parliament, district resident commissioners, district local government chairmen, heads of security agencies and opinion leaders, among others.

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