Government Suspends Key Projects to Buy Food Relief

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Martin Mbiro, a resident of Iwungilo village in Namutumba district commended government for giving him food. Mbiro told URN that his family has been surviving on supper alone and mangoes for the rest of the day.

Government has suspended execution of some key projects such as construction of schools, health centers and roads among others to buy food for people in hunger stricken areas.



President, Yoweri Museveni disclosed this while delivering 1,200 and 600 sacks of posho and beans respectively to the people of Kaliro and Namutumba districts.
 
 
Museveni argued that it doesn't make sense for government to keep funds for projects that can wait, and leave people to die of hunger.


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He disclosed government plans to pilot solar powered irrigation in Kaliro and Namutumba districts next year to tap water from Lake Kyoga.


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Martin Mbiro, a resident of Iwungilo village in Namutumba district commended government for giving him food.  Mbiro told URN that his family has been surviving on supper alone and mangoes for the rest of the day. 


Rosa Malango, the Country Director, United Nations Development Programme-UNDP promised to support the government to ensure that irrigation is promoted to reduce on crop loss due to drought.
 

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During the visit, Museveni met the people of Kaliro district at Lugomyola Primary School in Nawampiti parish, Bukamba Sub County while those of Namutumba converged at Iwungilo Primary School in Angode Sub County.
 

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).