Busoga Leaders Want Special Ministry

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The leaders say government has been promoting programs and creating special ministries in other regions like Northern Uganda, Luweero, Teso, Karamoja and Bunyoro, while Busoga region languishes in poverty.

Busoga leaders are demanding for a rehabilitation program and a special ministry for the region.
 
The leaders say government has been allocating programs and creating special ministries in other regions like Northern Uganda, Luweero, Teso, Karamoja and Bunyoro, while Busoga region languishes in poverty.

Fred Ngobi Gume, Jinja District chairperson, says Busoga remains backward because it has no special program like the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund. 

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He says although President Yoweri Museveni promised to construct roads in the region during the 2011 election campaigns, in the recent cabinet reshuffle Busoga should have got a ministry to improve access to water, health and education. In the cabinet reshuffle last month, Museveni appointed Ernest Kiiza Minister for Bunyoro Affairs, bringing the number of regional-based ministers to five.

Now Andrew Ntange, president of Redeem Busoga pressure group, says that the creation of a ministry and special program for Busoga will enable authorities to plan for the available resources.

He says like Bunyoro Kingdom with oil and a minister, Busoga has Gold in Namayingo and Bugiri districts, which awaits exploitation.
 
In 2011 Busoga received five billion shillings through Uganda Micro Finance Centre for improving household incomes, but the money had no impact due to poor supervision.
 
James Kyewalabye, Bunya East MP says a ministry for Busoga would speed up development in different sectors.
 
Moses Grace Balyeku, Jinja West MP says special programs in Busoga should allow people start income generating activities, with support from Uganda Microfinance Support Centre.
 
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, who is also chairperson Busoga parliamentary caucus, says Busoga needs unity to exploit the natural resources.
 
Kadaga explains that creating a special development program under a Ministry for Busoga region would transform key sectors comparatively to benefit the people.
 
According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Busoga is above the national average of 30% of people who can’t afford a meal a day.
 
In March this year, Busoga leaders gave President Museveni an ultimatum to either fulfill all his promises made to the region or stop inviting them to his meetings on poverty eradication.

The leaders included Speaker Kadaga, Members of Parliament, and district and other local leaders.