President Yoweri Museveni has finally spoken on the ongoing land disputes in northern Uganda.
The President was at the start of the week launching the registration of the NRM members alongside Secretary General, Hon. Justine Kasule Lumumba, at Kaunda Grounds, Bardege Division Gulu Municipality in Northern Uganda.
Present was the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, Cabinet Ministers and the Chairperson for the NRM historical, Hon. Kirunda Kivejinja, among many others.
During the exercise, the Secretary General of NRM, Hon. Justine Kasule Lumumba further issued the roadmap of the National Registration Exercise that will start in the districts of Northern Uganda on Thursday 30th April 2015 and will gradually be rolled out to the whole country.
Commenting on the registration exercise, the NRM Chairman, President Museveni said NRM is lucky to have full time Party officials who are going to dedicate all their time to the success of the Party.
Wealth creation and land wrangles
President Museveni urged thousands of wananchi who gathered at Kaunda Grounds to prioritize wealth creation in their homes and leave the development issues such as infrastructure to government.
He advised them to cooperate with the Army Officers who have been sent to their area to oversee the Operation Wealth Creation Programme.
On the issue of land conflict between the people of Adjumani district and those of the area of Apaar in neighbouring Amuru district, President Museveni explained that the borders of Uganda, both externally and internally, were fixed during the colonial times.
When African countries got Independence, Africa agreed to maintain the colonial borders, although they were carelessly demarcated by people who knew nothing about the continent.
President Yoweri Museveni further clarified that borders are very well described in the Department of Surveys in Entebbe and besides that, the Constitution of Uganda allows its citizens to live in any part of the country.
He, therefore, called on the people not to be diverted by liars from the crucial issues of eradicating poverty in their homes.
He pointed out that the only solution is to cooperate and live amicably at the borders as East Africa is thinking of a federation in the future.
The traditional leader of Acholi Rwoth David Onen Acana was also in attendance.
Amuru has been in the news after old women stripped naked in front of ministers, Daudi Migereko (Lands) and Gen Aronda Nyakairima (Internal Affairs) protesting the demarcation of their land.
Commissions market and school
The President also commissioned the state of the art Gulu Main Market in Laroo Division as well as a senior secondary school in Bardege Division all in the Municipality in Acholi Sub-Region.
The re-development of the Shs.28 billion state of the art Gulu Main Market was undertaken by the Government of Uganda with support from the African Development Bank under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Programme (MATO-I) Project in the Ministry of Local Government.
Gulu Secondary School was constructed by the government of Uganda in partnership with the World Bank under the Uganda Post Primary Education and Training/Adaptable Project loan to the tune of over Shs. 2.8 billion.