President Museveni, Acholi Leaders Meet over Nodding Disease

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Many residents of Gulu say they are hopeful that the meeting would yield good results that could improve the livelihood and social well being of the population in the sub region as they continue to recover form the over two decades of war. Douglas peter Okello, the Gulu district council speaker said he was excited about the meeting saying it would help identify ways of reducing poverty in the region.

The fate of hundreds of children affected by the nodding disease is expected to be top of the agenda in a meeting scheduled today between President Yoweri Museveni and Acholi leaders. Gilbert Oulanya, Kilak County Member of parliament says that Museveni has invited leaders from Acholi sub region to Entebbe to discuss issues pertaining poverty eradication.
 
Oulanya says that they are eager to present to Museveni key issues relating to health, Education and social wellbeing of their electorates. He says that besides the nodding disease, they would also present a complaint to the president about senior army officials and state officials involved in land grabbing. Last month, the leaders in Acholi sub region convened an Acholi conference that drew a cross section of the population in the entire sub region and discussed among other things the nodding disease, improvement of education performance, PRDP, oil in Amuru district and how to reduce land conflicts.

Martin Ojara Mapinduzi, Gulu LC5 chairman says that the February meeting made seventeen resolutions and identified weaknesses, which the second phase of PRDP would need to address.

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Today's meeting between the Acholi leaders and the president is the first in a long time and comes at the time when there is relative peace in the sub region previously gripped with war.

Many residents of Gulu say they are hopeful that the meeting would yield good results that could change their livelihood for the better. Douglas Peter Okello, Gulu district council speaker says that he is excited about the meeting saying it would help identify ways of reducing poverty in the region.
 

 

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