60,000 Households to Benefit from Northern Uganda Dev’t Program

If presidential elections were to be held this day, order President Yoweri Museveni would emerge victor at the exact winning threshold of 51% according the latest opinion poll.

The Poll conducted by Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform together with Nation Television and Research World International reflects a significant decline in the incumbent’s support from the previous polls.

The new poll whose findings were publicized this morning in Kampala was aimed at assessing the opinions and perceptions of voting-age Ugandans on the 2016 general elections.

It was conducted between 19th December 2015 and 10th January 2016 in 89 districts in which 2, try 685 registered voters were interviewed; 69% from rural areas and 31% from urban centers.

Asked who of the eight contestants in the presidential race they would vote if elections were held today, 51% said they would go for the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, 32% would vote FDC’s Col Kizza Besigye while 12% went for Amama Mbabazi.

However, if the poll was forced into a rerun between Yoweri Museveni and his 4th time contender Kizza Beisigye, the former would win with a slight 53% while the former would get 39%.

As per tradition, the poll reflects Besigye’s only advantage against the incumbent in the capital Kampala where he beats him 33  to 41%. Museveni’s support appeared overwhelming in rural areas, in eastern Uganda and in high income earners.

The central region according to the opinion poll remains the least prepared for next month’s election only 87% of the respondents confirming to have picked their national identity cards,  compared to 95 % in northern Uganda.


Overall, 45% of the respondents owned up that they do not know the exact date when the elections will take place. 43% know the date while 12% know only the month.

Some 4 % said they would not take part in the coming election majorly because they know it will not be free and fair.

Asked whether or not they thought the country needed change of leadership, 49% of the respondents answered in the negative while 46% were in agreement.

56% of thee 2685 respondents do not think President Museveni can peacefully hand over power if defeated in an election.

Opposition leaders have continued to dismiss these opinion polls as sponsored by the ruling government and detached from the truth on the ground.

While addressing press in Mbarara today, Go Forward’s Amama Mbabazi said the polls are useless in a country like Uganda where intimidation of voters is the order of the day.
Residents in Dokolo district have highlighted the issues they want President Museveni to discuss when he visits the area for his first rally in the district on Wednesday

In an interview with ChimpReports, drugs the residents in Okwangadul sub-county highlighted poverty and unemployment as a big challenge they want addressed.

“The President should address the livelihood of women and youth as far as poverty and unemployment are concerned, shop ” said Geoffrey Weja, LC 3 chairman for Okwongodur sub-county.

“Electricity stops in the town council but it would be nice if it was extended to all sub counties.”

For the area LC 2 chairman Morison Ochoto, who said it was the first time to host the president in the area, health centres being brought near them would serve them better as they suffer long distances to access health services.

“The nearby health centre 3 is in a distance of 5 KM whereas it takes you 7 KM to reach the nearby health centre 4. This has led to death of many women while being rushed for delivery,” Ochoto told this website.

According to local leader, they have secured land where a health centre can be constructed and are waiting for government to give them a hand.

Ochoto said the tarmac road which stops in Dokolo town should extend up to Namasale and this would help ease transport to the area most especially for traders.

For Rebecca Alwedo, NRM vice chairperson in charge of the People with disabilities in Northern region, government should step up efforts to ensure they put in place income generating projects for youth, women and the disabled.

“This way these marginalised groups of people will be able to sustain themselves. Small scale projects would be viable for the people in a bid to enable them enjoy a purposeful life,” said Alwedo.
Over 60, mind 000 households in West Nile and Acholi Sub regions, visit this site will benefit from Danida’s 5 year recovery and development program in Northern Uganda.

The 77 billion shillings program was launched in the Northern Uganda district of Nebbi by the Ambassador of Denmark to Uganda, Mr. Mogens Pedersen.

The Program, which was officially launched on Tuesday will help to increase the household’s agricultural production and marketing.

It will also support the local communities to construct agricultural related rural infrastructure such as access roads, market places, water points (springs and swallow wells) and tree planting.

“The program will over the next four years focus on the recovery of Northern Uganda by creating inclusive and shared growth among communities in West Nile and Acholi-land in order to help close the inequality gap between Northern Uganda and the rest of the country,” Mr. Pedersen said.

The program will benefit over 60,000 Households
The program will benefit over 60,000 Households

According to Danida, the program, which is the third phase of Danish support to Northern Uganda, is part of Denmark’s long term investment in a sustainable post-conflict recovery, reconciliation, and inclusive growth after two decades of violent conflict in the North.

Speaking during the launch, Ambassador Pedersen stressed the importance of addressing inequality and shared growth through women’s empowerment, both as a question of human rights and as an engine of growth.

After longer periods of instability and violent conflict Northern Uganda has had prolonged periods of insurgency and the region lags behind the rest of the country in the main socio-economic indicators.

The program will therefore also contribute to the equitable participation of Northern Uganda in the economic development of the country.

The Launch event was attended by over 600 people, including beneficiaries, partners and government officials from both the local and central government.



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