Gulu Protests Cut in PRDP Money

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Gulu district leaders have petitioned the office of the Prime Minister following a reduction in the money to be disbursed to the district to support activities to be implemented under the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan—PRDP.

Gulu district leaders have petitioned the office of the Prime Minister following a reduction in the money to be disbursed to the district to support activities to be implemented under the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan—PRDP.
 
The development framework was first launched in 2007 but delayed to start until 2009. Last year, while its 3 year timeline was due for expiry, government announced a three year extension attracting excitement from the over 50 districts receiving the funding.
 
However, in Gulu district, the excitement has been quickly replaced by bitterness especially after it emerged that the quota for the district had been reduced from 5.9 billion shillings to 2.4 billion shillings.
 
George Ogikson, a resident of Bardege division in Gulu municipality says he has not yet personally benefited from the PRDP programme ever since it was launched five years ago and wants government to send more money under the programme so that many people can benefit. Ogikson, however, explained that he is more concerned about a group of vulnerable people in the villages who are unable to afford even seeds for planting and says he wants the PRDP program to target such needy people.
 
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The district leadership is seeking an explanation from the Office of the Prime Minister for the reduction with demands to increase the funding figures.
 
Martin Ojara Mapinduzi, the Gulu district chairperson said they have been excited by the government’s decision to extend the program but have been alarmed by the discovery that their quota has been reduced without explanation.
 
He said they expected more funding in the new financial year considering that the district was among the most hit by the LRA insurgency. The parameters used in allocating the Indicative Planning Figures include the intensity of the insurgency in a particular district, and population size among others. To this Mapinduzi said there is no other district that could have borne the brunt of the war than Gulu.
 
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He said he is leading a delegation to the Office of the Prime Minister on February 7th to seek to revise the amount of money allocated for Gulu district.
 
The Peace, Recovery and Development Plan is intended to consolidate state authority, rebuild and empower communities. Other intentions of the plan are revitalization of the economy, peace building and reconciliation in the northern Uganda areas, which are recovering from over 20 years of the LRA war.