Bwanika Pledges to Transform Karamoja

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In short
Peoples Development Party presidential candidate Dr Abed Bwanika says the people of Karamoja would lead better livelihoods if government gave due attention to the region, based on its contribution to the economy of Uganda.

Peoples Development Party presidential candidate Dr Abed Bwanika has accused President Yoweri Museveni of exploiting Karamoja sub region during his 30 year old reign.


Bwanika told a crowd at Boma grounds in Moroto that Karamoja, as a region is fertile, rich with a variety of minerals that would bail the communities out of poverty. Instead, Karamoja's population, estimated at 1.2 million people, remains shrouded in chronic poverty, facing economic hardships and leading a desperate livelihood.

A survey conducted by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development established that Karamoja is endowed with gold, limestone, uranium, marble, graphite, iron, nickel, cobalt , lithium and tin deposits among other minerals.

Bwanika, who has been campaigning in the districts of Moroto, Napak, Nakapiripirit and Amudat says the people of Karamoja would lead better livelihoods if government gave due attention to the region, based on its contribution to the economy of Uganda.
 
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Bwanika added that his government would survey all the land in the country and hand titles to all persons as a mechanism to eliminate land grabbing.
 
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He promised to set up factories, create jobs and improve household incomes. He also pledged to de-gazzette most of the land under the Uganda Wildlife Authority once voted into office.
 

 

About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.