MPs Recommend Special Development Program for Busoga Region

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Members of Parliament have resolved that government takes special interest in the development of Busoga Sub region through the introduction of a special program tailored to its development.

Members of Parliament have asked government to take special interest in the development of Busoga Sub region through the introduction of a special program tailored to its development.
 
This followed the adoption of a motion tabled by Bulamogi County MP Kenneth Lubogo for a resolution of Parliament urging government to introduce a special development program for Busoga Region to eliminate extreme poverty and enhance the realization of the full potential of the region.
 
In the motion, Lubogo also sought for a formulation of special principles and policy guidelines under the National Development plan with a view of enhancing the development of the Busoga Sub region.
 
"Whereas some regions have benefited from special government interventions, Busoga sub region continues to be left out despite the unique socio economic challenges that it faces", reads the motion.
 
MP Lubogo explained that the existing government programs such as National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), Universal Primary Education (UPE) and Universal Secondary Education (USE) among others have failed to transform the livelihoods of local people overtime.
 
He cited poverty indicators in Busoga like child prostitution, high level of school dropout, malnutrition, domestic violence and others.
 
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The motion was seconded by Kasese Woman MP Winnie Kiiza and Kyegegwa Woman MP Flavia Kabahenda.
 
Kasese Woman MP Winnie Kiiza said that it is unfortunate that in the 21st century, Uganda still has citizens with very low Education levels, malnourished children and with people who cannot afford a meal a day.
 
She suggested a program for Busoga Sub region which will create jobs for the population and enhance house hold incomes.
 
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Kyegegwa Woman MP Flavia Kabahenda noted the development in a country is not about objects but about the people saying that Uganda has nothing to show about people living with dignity.
 
She challenged government to put into practice its commitments when it signed the Living Stone Call to Action on Social Protection as well as the African Union Commitment on Social Protection which she said compels equitable distribution of resources so that people live with dignity.
 
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In the past, Government has introduced several development programs for marginalized areas like the Northern Uganda Social Action Plan (NUSAF I and II) for the Northern region, The Karamoja Integrated Disarmament and Development Program for Karamoja region and The Luwero Rwenzori Development Program (LRDP) for the Central and Western regions.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.