By Steven Ariong
MOROTO: Leaders in Karamoja region in the north eastern Uganda have expressed their disappointment with the on going duplication of work between the two ministries of Agriculture and water in the region and asked the office of the prime minister to intervene.
The leaders raised this during the Kyoga water management meeting held at hotel Leslona in Moroto town early this week.
John Paul Kodet the district chairperson Napak said the on going duplication of projects by the two ministries leaves residents in the region yearning for development.
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According to Kodet in most cases where the ministry of water and environment engineers carry out design for dams, before they start construction of the dam, the ministry of Agriculture team goes to the same site and construct a valley tank.
“This is a serious issue which the office of the prime minister needs to help us to streamline because those confusions are affecting service delivery in the region,” Kodet said.
Paul Lokol the district chairperson Nabilatuk said developing Karamoja dose not need competition but working and walking together will change Karamoja.
“Sometimes we do wonder why the two line ministries compete, if one ministry has done with the design for the dam in one particular place, why cant another ministry go and do other projects,” said Lokol.
Moses Emudong a resident in Nakonyen village in Moroto district remembers when he escorted the ministry of water and environment engineers for dam sighting but after two weeks, ministry of Agriculture team also went to the same place and cleared the bush.
Emudong said they trust the work of the ministry of water and environment saying some of the projects the water ministry did are helping pastoralists in Karamoja.
“We have projects like Arecek dams in Napak, Kobebe dam in Moroto, Longoromit dam in Kaabong constructed by ministry of water and environment and they are helping people so why cant they allow the ministry of water and environment to handle dam construction and the ministry of Agriculture dose a component of irrigation,” Emudong asked.
Charles Muwonge the communication officer in the ministry of water and environment when contacted said he was out of office on sick leave while Ms Charlotte Kemigyisha the communication officer in the ministry of Agriculture could not pick up our repeated calls to give a comment.
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