The Peace Recovery and Development programme has come under public scrutiny in Lamwo and Kitgum district.
The locals there wonder how Kitgum was declared the best implementer of the PRDP programme when majority of the people neither know the origin of the programme nor its mission.
Last month, legislators from northern Uganda commended Kitgum for emerging the best district in implementation of peace recovery and development programme.
But the locals in Kitgum and Lamwo districts says the commendation could be a hoax.
Owali Ben, the LC III chairperson of Agoro sub-county in Lamwo district is one of the disgruntled leaders. he wonders why the programme has failed to help renovate and construct staff houses at the sub-county headquarters.
He says staff houses form an important component for effective service delivery and wants the PRDP component to address the problem.
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Michael Opira, a resident in Padibe East sub-county says the presence of the PRDP is visible only during the launching ceremonies. He wants the program to do more to address the community needs to fight poverty.
Donas Okello, a veteran politician in Kitgum district says many locals are not aware of the existence of these programs. He says many government programs like NUSAF and NAADS have not benefited the locals because due to lack of awareness about the role of such programmes.
Okello says the district leadership must engage in more proactive methods of educating the locals about the government programs to avoid some dubious individuals from claiming responsibilities for some of the projects.
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Geoffrey Okaka, the Kitgum district Chief Administrative Officer, however says the PRDP programme has been made visible through radio talk shows, public meetings and through Newspaper supplements.