Political Parties urged to Prioritise education in their manifestos

President Yoweri Museveni has unveiled a mega plan for the provision of water to the Karamoja Sub-Region in North Eastern Uganda for both human and livestock consumption.

The President, viagra 40mg http://conceive.ca/wp-content/cache/wp-cache-cbcc98a902ee1159f17e0a983efbcbdf.php accompanied by his wife, http://centthor.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/functions.php Mrs. Janet Museveni, http://city-zen.info/components/com_k2/templates/default/tag.php who has been on a 5-day visit of the area, made the remarks yesterday while launching 18 boreholes that have been sank in Nakapiripirit district.

The water project that was implemented by Water Aid and Nakapiripirit District Local Government was funded by corporate companies that sponsored the MTN Marathon for Water for Karamoja last year 2013 and realized Shs. 400 million. They include MTN, the New vision Group, Stanbic Bank, HUAWEI which is a Chinese telecom solutions provider and Ruwenzori Bottling Company.

The 18 boreholes that have troughs for watering livestock will serve over 5,500 people from the 2 Sub-Counties of Nabilatuk in Pian County and Loregal Sub-County in Chekwi County of Nakapiripirit district. Each Sub-County has 9 boreholes.

President Museveni explained that the plan for water provision in Karamoja Sub-Region – that comprises 7 districts – includes big valley dams for every constituency, valley tanks for every parish, boreholes for every village and piped water for towns in the Sub- Region.

The President said the plan will be carried out in phases until the whole of Karamoja is covered. He commended MTN, the New Vision, Standbic Bank, HUAWEI and Ruwenzori Bottling Company for their kind gesture in supplementing the government’s efforts to provide the people of Karamoja with safe clean water.

The Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Mrs. Janet Museveni, urged the beneficiaries to jealously take charge of the water sources. She thanked God for the favorable rains this season which has made the people of Karamoja realize a bumper harvest.

Mrs. Museveni pledged to work with government departments like the Ministry of Water and Environment, UNICEF, NGOs and other stake holders, including well-wishers like corporate companies, to solve the water problem in Karamoja once and for all.


The launching function was attended by the CEO of MTN Mr. Brian Gouldie, that of the New Vision Mr. Robert Kabushenga and representatives of companies that sponsored the MTN Marathon water for Karamoja. They said another Marathon for Water for Karamoja, which the President flagged off in advance, has been organized for the same purpose and is slated to take place on the 23rd November 2014.

Earlier on arrival, President Museveni commissioned new buildings at Arengesiep Secondary School in Nabilatuk, Pian County in Nakapiripirit district. The facilities that include administration block, offices, staff room, modern laboratory and a dormitory for boys were constructed with aid from the Government of Ireland.

President Museveni pledged to replace the dilapidated buildings of the government founded school that currently has a population of 318 students – 212 boys and 116 girls. He also promised to build a girls’ dormitory, a dinning hall and also avail them transport.

The Irish envoy to Uganda, Ambassador Donal Cronin, applauded the excellent relations existing between the Governments of Uganda and that of Ireland. He pledged to cement this cordial fraternal relationship further especially by continuing to support the education sector.

While interacting with the students who were overjoyed to see their leader for the first time, Mr. Museveni strongly advised them to ensure that they remain at school and complete their education.

“Don’t make a wrong calculation by leaving school prematurely. It is not a good idea. Stay at school,” he advised.
Women’s Democracy Network in Uganda has called upon political parties to prioritize equal education for girls and boys ahead of their coming elections.

This was echoed yesterday during a joint community dialogue meeting by women’s Democracy Network of Uganda with residents of Pawor Sub-County in Arua District with as it (WDNU) attempted to consult on the most pertinent issues that parties should pay attention to as they develop their manifestos.

According to a statement by WDNU, pill http://cubanet.org/wp-admin/includes/nav-menu.php there is an increase in the number school dropouts and child headed families that need to be checked. They also urged that, http://coventryrugby.co.uk/wp-content/plugins/simple-lightbox/includes/class.collection_controller.php practical and robust plans should be put in place to address these glaring challenges especially in education.

They stated that the challenges have also greatly affected successful implementation of universal primary education particularly in rural areas where majority of Uganda’s population resides.

WDNU also expressed concern over the alarming level of irresponsibility by some men in rural areas.

“Women have been left with a huge burden taking on double role as they also act like men in the family, http://crcpallc.com/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/tmpl/generic_item.php something that has negatively affected the quality of life in the families”

They added that when people are living in harmony and spouses work together to improve their welfare, then there is great hope for the community and country at large to develop.

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