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UN, DRC Forces Dormant Amid Fresh Beni Massacre

President Museveni has urged the people of Karamoja Sub-Region to intensify commercial agriculture that will not only ensure their lead in food production in the country but also for a bounty of both food and financial security.

“Haven’t you heard what is written in the Bible that the last will be the first and the first will be last?” he asked his guests.

The President was Tuesday evening addressing a delegation of over 130 progressive farmers from Karamoja Sub-Region at his home in Rwakitura- Kiruhuura district.

The delegation was on a 2-day study a visit to model farmers in Masaka district and Nyabushozi County in Kiruhuura district who have, troche http://chicken33.com/commande/wp-includes/class-wp-ajax-response.php through modern farming, look http://christlutheran.org/wp-admin/includes/class-bulk-theme-upgrader-skin.php succeeded in turning round poverty to prosperity.

In Masaka district, viagra sale the delegation visited the farm of Mrs. Kizza, who has, on her 3.7 acre land, opened up various commercial activities that earn her Shs. 50 million per month.

The delegation also visited the farm of Mr. Kashaija and other farmers in Kiruhuura district who were once nomadic but were convinced by the President during his youth period, to abandon traditional agriculture in favor of modern commercial farming.

President Museveni told his guests, who had earlier expressed their  appreciation for the tour describing it as an eye opener, that the long journey of his struggle to transform the people of Nyabushonzi who, like the Karimojong, were cattle keepers and nomadic.

He clarified reasons for their nomadic life pointing out that they were scientifically correct as they had to move away from tick infested areas to those of lesser load of ticks. He added that the water factor and ignorance whereby grass was burnt during the dry seasons instead of cutting it for hay, contributed to their nomadic life.

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Mr. Museveni said that at the time, only 3 examples of modern farming were existent and these included the government stock farm in Mbarara, a prominent Muganda farmer from Rakai and later ranches that were opened up by government.

He said at the age of 21 years, elders opposed his advice but when he made reference to the Mzungu’s farm, they realized their mistake and finally accepted to stay in one place and treat the animals.

The President said the results were amazing as cattle multiplied in great numbers adding that the trend was interrupted by the take-over of the government by Amin in 1971.

He said that in 1986, he resumed his campaign with calculation leading the people of the area to the prosperity they are enjoying today. He congratulated the people of Karamoja for seeing their past mistakes and cautioned them against making new ones.

“So you have been Ajo (sleeping) in Karamoja. However, since you have woken up, I don’t want you people to make mistakes again,” he counseled.

President Museveni also asked the people of Karamoja Sub-Region to take keen interest in keeping Friesian cows as opposed to the indigenous ones that require huge chunks of land for rearing.

“If you have 1,000 cows, you need 3 square miles of land which most people don’t have. That is why it is advisable to keep Friesian cattle,” he noted.

The President, however, emphasized to the Karamajong the importance of water points for Friesian cows that must be near homesteads as the Friesian cows cannot move long distances in search of water. Similarly, President Museveni repeated his warning to all Ugandans to stop fragmenting land.

“Don’t make a mistake of making a will obliging your children to divide up the land. Let children divide what comes from the land and the land remains a family company,” he stressed.

President Museveni during the next financial year, government will look into the concerns of commercial farmers in Karamoja as well as the issue of Karamajong warriors who have decided to return home to lead productive lives.

He assured the delegation that other issues will be handled under NAADS arrangements that are already on ground and that Army Officers will at the onset of the rain season, commence the distribution of planting materials to wananchi.

The Minister of Karamoja Affairs, Mrs. Janet Museveni pointed out that the whole purpose of their study tour was to make them realize that they, the people of Karamoja can also do what people in other areas can do.

“We are happy to receive you here. We wanted you to get inspired so that you can do the same thing to change Karamoja Sub-Region,” she said.

She added that the aim of inviting them was to make progressive farmers in Karamoja learn from other farmers and take that knowledge back home so that their region also gets the Kizzas and Kashaijas.

She called on the people of Karamoja to make their cattle more meaningful to their life in ensuring that their family members, especially children, benefit from the milk produced.

“I see many children looking after cows, but they are malnourished and hungry yet they are the ones taking care of the animals,” she observed.

She added that there are plans to make Nabwin a breeding centre for dairy cattle that will be distributed to families in Karamoja. She said this will in turn lead to the introduction of the milk factor to the sub-region where consumption of milk will be made compulsory especially by children.

“For people of Karamoja to have no milk, to me that is unacceptable. The milk factor will be a must,” she stressed.

Present was the Minister of State for Karamoja, Hon. Barbra Oundo Nekesa.
As the United Nations Intervention Brigade and DRC Forces continue to drag their feet in combating genocidal militia FDLR and other militia groups in the Eastern Congo, mind http://cgt06.fr/wp-includes/class-wp-query.php at least 23 civilians have been slaughtered in the town of Kididiwe in Beni territory, adiposity http://criasaude.com.br/wp-admin/includes/taxonomy.php North Kivu.

The massacre occurred on Tuesday night.

Armed militants used machetes to slit throats of women, men and children as they slept in their houses.

Police are yet to point fingers at the masterminds of the carnage. FDLR and ADF remain active in this area, according to intelligence sources.

North Kivu Governor Julien Paluku Kahongya flew to Beni on Wednesday to ensure a comprehensive probe is carried out into what he described as “sickening killings.”

Paluku said he was disturbed that such bloody incidents were reoccurring in Beni.

The head of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has SINCE “strongly condemned” the slaughter of civilians that took place in the vast country’s restive northeast.

“Nothing will deter MONUSCO from its purpose to neutralise all armed groups terrorising the population,” said Mission chief, Martin Kobler, who is also the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the country.

“We will support the Congolese authorities to ensure that everything is done to prosecute the perpetrators of these atrocious killings and bring them to justice.”

“Civilians in the village of Mayangose-Kibidiwe, northeast of Beni, were attacked with machetes,” Mr. Kobler said, adding that elements of MONUSCO, the DRC’s armed forces (FARDC) and the national police were dispatched to the site and an investigation was launched.

Mr. Kobler also referred to a separate attack in Kasu, in Eastern Province, where several villagers were beheaded by people from outside.

“We will continue our active support for security operations by the FARDC, so tranquillity can return to Beni and throughout eastern DRC,” he said.

DRC forces and UN are currently embroiled in a struggle on who should command operations against the FDLR after the January 2 deadline to surrender expired.

MONUSCO said DRC commanders previously accused of committing atrocities such as directing executions of prisoners of war, should not be allowed in the delayed offensive against FDLR, a militia whose leadership, funders and ideology are responsible for the Rwanda genocide in 1994.

 

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