President promises more help to north
Posted Friday, March 22 2013 at 02:00
The President, among others, promises to recover all the money meant for post-war recovery that was stolen by government officials.
Talk of northern Uganda breaking-away to form a new country appeared to be bothering President Museveni even as he vowed on Wednesday to recover “every single penny” meant for post-war recovery that was stolen by government officials.
Sources say the President also put on the table a promise of affirmative action for Acholi sub-region as he moved to nip simmering political unrest in the bud.
Kilak MP Gilbert Olanya told the Daily Monitor yesterday that the President recommitted himself to these objectives at the Wednesday meeting he held with leaders from the sub-region at his country home in Rwakitura.
Mr Museveni is reported to have said his government would decide how many science students are to benefit from new sponsorships every year, which will include at least 10 university students from each of the seven districts of Acholi sub-region.
The President, according to sources, also promised to build a technical school in Amuru, a girls secondary school in Atiak and to fund Labora Training School in Gulu which has been offering vocational skills training to more than 500 jobless youth annually but was closed when donors suspended aid after the OPM scandal broke.
The talk of secession also drew criticism from the President who accused some of the region’s leaders of misleading the people.
The president also reaffirmed his new stand on the creation of districts.
Explaining why some of his promises have not been fulfilled, the President blamed Parliament for not giving him enough funds.