The First Lady and Minister of Karamoja Affairs Hon. Mrs. Janet Museveni has urged the Karimojong to actively participate in all the projects that Government and other development partners initiate in their villages to transform their lives .
Hon. Janet Museveni, who is on a routine monitoring of Government programmes in Karamoja, was visiting Nagule Angolol village in Ngoleriet Sub county Napak District to assess the impact of the Second Northern Uganda Social Action Fund’s (NUSAF 2) Livelihood Investment Support Component, which aims at improving access to income earning opportunities among the target households .
She was taken around on a guided tour by the NUSAF2 Director Dr. Robert Limlim and saw the live fences and acacia trees planted under the Public Works Program (PWP), plus the livestock that the most poor and vulnerable households in the Parish received under the Household Income Support Program (HISP).
“Today I am visiting your village to see what your families received from the NUSAF2 project”, she explained to the community during a dialogue with them later.
She reminded them of the importance of planting trees in their homesteads not only because they provide shades, act as wind breakers and conserve the environment, but also because some, like the fruit trees, are a source nutrition and wealth for the families.
We also need to replace the trees that are cut everyday by those who sale charcoal, she added.
Janet Museveni encouraged the people of Nagule Angolol and Karamoja as a whole not to be pessimistic because of the recent drought the region has been experiencing but to instead utilise the current rains to grow food to feed their families, store some for bad days and also sell off the surplus for income.
“Now that we have the rains and the seeds are already with the Districts, I want you to be out in the fields working to produce food for your families this season instead of doing nothing and waiting for donations from elsewhere”, she said.
She also assured the community of the Government’s commitment to continue with the community empowerment programme, but requested them to take extra care and ensure that these animals multiply which will consequently help improve their livelihoods.
She encouraged the youth to form groups and work together to create income and also urged the educated young people to use their knowledge to add value and improve their families and communities’ wellbeing.
Mrs. Janet Museveni who thanked the people of Karamoja for voting for President Museveni and the NRM, requested them to engage in serious work since the time for politicking is over.
The people of Nagule Angolol village, who said Mrs. Janet Museveni was the first Government Minister ever to visit their Parish, thanked her and the NRM Government for empowering the people of Karamoja.
They pointed out that Nagule Angolol Parish has a very big population of approximately 2,166 people with 361 households, but usually development interventions do not reach everybody.
They also highlighted the need to fight livestock diseases which they said had killed some of the animals they received under NUSAF 2.