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Enhancing the Flow of Government Information to the Public

By Betty Mutesa

teamwork in the dissemination of government information and to lay strategies on how to enhance government's visibility to the public", the Minister said. The sector government Spokespersons and Information Officers informed the minister about the challenges affecting their performance; which include bureaucracy, under-funding and inadequate staffing as the major obstacles and sought the minister's intervention. The meeting resolved that: · The Directorate of Information and National Guidance should work out a schedule to coordinate representatives of Ministries, Departments and Agencies to disseminate government information through the media. · The Public Relations function should be elevated to a departmental level. Websites for Ministries, Departments and Agencies should be regularly updated. · The Directorate of Information and National Guidance should act as the coordinating centre. · The Public Relations Officers should meet regularly to share experiences. Utilize the Uganda Media Centre as a platform to disseminate government information. · The meeting was attended by forty five Public Relations Officers and Information Officers from Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government.

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GOVERNMENT LAYS NEW STRATEGIES TO AVERT LOOMING DISASTERS

Lessons learnt from the Bududa Landslide Experience

By Frida Sengooba In the wake of the tragic Bududa landslide which left hundreds of people dead or homeless, Government has embarked on stringent measures to prepare for and handle disasters to avoid loss of life and infrastructure. The tragic landslide which occurred on March 1st 2010 buried three villages in Bududa District including Nametsi Trading Centre and Nametsi Health Centre III. The incident followed a heavy downpour that carried rocks and chunks of land down Mt. Elgon, leaving more than 80 people dead and over 300 missing.

Hon. Kabakumba Masiko Minister of Information and National Guidance

A Government Communication Strategy aimed at harmonizing and enhancing the flow of information within Government and to the public, is being developed by the Cabinet Secretariat and the Directorate of Information and National Guidance. Key stakeholders in the information sub-sector have contributed to the draft document which is awaiting Cabinet approval. The Minister for Information and National Guidance Princess Kabakumba Masiko, while meeting Information Officers and Spokespersons in Ministries, Departments and Agencies noted that Government needed to be more visible to the public. When completed, she said, the Government Communication Strategy will enhance the flow of information to enable the public appreciate various development programmes that are in place. "Government has implemented many development programmes for the people, but information on these programmes has not been disseminated adequately", the Minister noted. She stressed that the sector Government Spokespersons and Information Officers must ensure that Government information is effectively communicated to inform and mobilize the people for National development. "We must consider

President Museveni in Bududa

In a Ministerial statement on landslides and floods in the country, delivered to Parliament on March 10th 2010, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Minister Prof. Tarsis Kabwegyere reported that the Bududa landslide disaster also struck the neighbouring Sub-county of Bumayoka at Ulukusi Parish destroying a church from which six bodies had been recovered by that time.

Hon. Kabakumba Masiko Minister of Information and National Guidance meeting Public Relations / Information officers in ministries, Departments and Agencies

Apart from the loss of life, the disaster also posed a threat to food security in the area. 792 hectares of sweet potatoes, maize and vegetables had been damaged in addition to 200 hectares of banana plantation that were destroyed, 176 cattle, 50 goats and 2000 chicken killed.

The Prime Minister giving Blankets to the survivors of the Bududa Tragedy

Other Recent Landslide Disasters

The Minister's paper further highlighted other recent landslide disasters which occurred in Kabarole, Kisoro, Kabale, Kasese

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IN THIS ISSUE

Strategies to avert looming disasters Hydraform Houses for Karamoja Citizens Accountability Fora (Barazas) piloted Government launches Shs 87.5 bn Karamoja Food Security Action Plan Food Security in Karamoja - Pictorial Pictorial Of The Ground Breaking Ceremony Of The Hydraform Housing Project At Nakapelimen -camp Swahil Moroto Mun. Pictorial of Handover Ceremony of the Completed Nadunget Housing Project Uganda's mine clearance deadline extended Prime Minister Back To Work Bududa Landslide Disaster - Resettlement of Survivors and Burial of The Dead Leisure Page Improving flow of Government information

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and Manafa districts in addition to the recent floods in Butaleja and Tororo.

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Looming Disasters

Apart from the recent disasters, more were feared especially in the landslide prone areas of Bukwo, Sironko, Mbale, Kapchorwa, Busia and Bundibugyo which would require urgent management.

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Cabinet to Discuss Disaster Policy

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Speaking to the Executive Premier Newsletter, Disaster Preparedness State Minister, Musa Ecweru revealed that a National Disaster Management Policy is being finalized, to be discussed by Cabinet and Parliament before the end of this year.

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The Policy aims at guiding Uganda on the risks it is likely to face and their management and recovery plans. "This Comprehensive Policy which is now being finalised by technical experts for presentation to Cabinet this June is drawn in consultation with experiences from disaster prone countries such as the Philippines and Malaysia", the Minister said.

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TOT OF WISDOM

Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you. Enjoy when can, and endure when you must.

Contingency Fund for Emergency

Mr. Ecweru revealed that as the National Development Plan (NDP) comes into force; his Ministry is working with the Ministry of Finance to establish a contingency fund for emergency response to avert the need to go to Parliament to ask for extra budgetary allocation in the face of disaster.

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him. Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak. Sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go. The biggest problem in the world could have been solved when it was small. Don't ever take a fence down untill you know why it was put up. Where find quality. You will find a craftsman, not a quality control expert.

Jack (age 3) was watching his Mon breast feeding his new sister. after a while he

asked: "Mon why have you got two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk" MELaNIE (age 5) asked her Granny how old she was. Granny replied she was so old she didn't remember any more. Melanie said, if you don't remember you must look in the back of your panties Mine say five to six" MaRc (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad: Why is he whispering in her mouth?" JaMES (age 4) was listening to aboble story. His dad read: "The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt". Concerned. James asked: "what happened to the flea?" TaMMY (age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather wrinkled woman her Mon knew. Tammy looked at her for a while and then sked, "Why doesn't your skin fit your face?

Neighbourhood Watch System

"We are also drawing a programme to train the people at village level to manage disasters through a Neighbourhood Watch System", he said.

Quotes of the day "If you call atail a leg, how many legs has a dog? Five? No. calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg". Abraham Lincoln

Metrological Department to be stepped up

A group of peaple (residents/ Suvivors of the Bududa tragedy

He further revealed that as a disaster prevention measure, the Government is to turn the Meteorological Department into a fully-fledged autonomous body so that it can acquire new equipment to be used in predicting the weather more accurately so as to build

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RESETTLEMENT OF LANDSLIDE SURVIVORS

The Minister for General Duties ­ Office of the Prime Minister said Government was working to have all the survivors resettled within four months, beginning March 2010. The following areas had been identified as possible sites for the resettlement: · Bunabutye in Sironko District · Kayunga District · Buikwe District According to the Bududa District Chairperson Wilson Watira, the Bududa District Council had plans to visit the identified districts to negotiate and have their councils' resolutions on the matter. The first batch of people is expected to be resettled on a two thousand hectare piece of land in Bunambutye in Sironko District. "As soon as Government concludes negotiations with land owners, each family will be allocated one hectare of land", the State Minister for Housing Hon. Michael Werikhe said. He said there was need to ensure that the established homesteads in Bunabutye are done in an organized manner. The settlement will include provisions for shops, schools, health centres, water and electricity. According to the people interviewed in Bulucheke Camp, there was a general view among them that they should be given the option to look for land within Bugisu Sub-region before considering other areas. They pointed out that they were more comfortable relocating within Bugisu because of cultural and social ties.

Coordinator of Emergiency Services- Office of the Prime Minister Major Gen. Julius Oketa a showing Satelite map of Landslide prone areas on Mt. Elgon.

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confidence among Ugandans towards weather fore- While handing over 20 housing units to the first beneficiaries casts. at Nadunget, the Minister of State for Karamoja Affairs, Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni said that it was Government`s objecResettlement Plan for Landslide survivors and others tive to fast-track interventions which will propel the Karamoja at Risk sub-region forward to enable it catch up with the rest of the Government is working on a strategic Resettlement country in terms of development. Plan for survivors of landslides and those at risk of The Nadunget Hydraform Housing Project is a modern manother disasters. During an Inter-Ministerial Task Force yatta comprising 20 iron-roofed three bed-roomed housing meeting on the resettlement plan, the Commissioner in-charge of Relief in the Directorate of Disaster Preparedness, Office of the Prime Minister, Mr. Martin Owor said Government was planning to relocate and resettle the high risk populations to safer parts of the country. This is part of the wider programme to avert looming disasters.

SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT

The Bududa landslides have reawakened the environmental management concerns in the area. For instance, the National Park on Mount Elgon has been encroached upon; trees have been cut down and river banks are not protected. Whenever it rains, the Manafwa River banks burst and water flows in all directions, causing floods downstream. Hon. Mukwaya said that sustainable environment management is an urgent programme Government will undertake in collaboration with NEMA and other partners. She instructed the Chief Administrative Officers of Bududa to distribute a Satellite Map showing the Mount Elgon ranges for people in the camp to be educated about sustainable environment and land use. "Being change agents, children should be educated about landslides, their causes and how they can be controlled", the Minister said. She appreciated Non-Governmental Organizations, Humanitarian agencies, Embassies and individuals who contributed towards the Bududa Disaster emergency relief and resettlement effort.

HYDRAFORM HOUSES FOR KARAMOJA

By Proscovia Basangwa

A strategy to replace the grass-thatched Manyattas.

Government is determined to uplift Karamoja to a development level similar to the rest of Uganda in the housing sector. In line with the Peace Recovery and Development Plan's (PRDP) strategic objective of rebuilding and empowering communities, the Office of the Prime Minister has so far constructed and commissioned 40 Hydraform Housing Units at Nadunget and Nakapelimen in Moroto District. This Hydraform Housing project is to ensure that the people of Karamoja move from the simple grass thatched `manyattas' (Karamojong traditional family/clan settlements with huts enclosed in one fence/ hedge) that make living and reading at night for children difficult, to permanent corrugated iron roofed houses.

Newly completed Hydraform houses at Nakapelimen Camp Swahili Moroto Municipality

units complete with solar panels, water tanks, a communal borehole and latrines. The Nakapelimen-Kampuswahiri project which is nearing completion has 19 housing units and one health centre. The housing units were constructed by the Karamojong youths trained in building construction using Hydraform Technology. Hon. Museveni said the modern hydraform housing units, to be replicated allover the region will provide decent accommodation and transform the living conditions of the people of Karamoja. "Our dream is to see people build such houses themselves using the Hydraform machines and all the villages in Karamoja develop with this kind of housing units," she remarked. These modern human settlement projects are expected to substantially reduce the nomadic lifestyle of the Karamojong and decrease environmental degradation. The Office of the Prime Minister partnered with Hydraform South Africa Ltd, the proprietors of the hydraform building technology to explore the possibility of using their expertise to support communities in building their own homes. The technology is very effective in coming up with modest structures made by the communities themselves within the shortest possible time, while controlling the degradation of the environment. According to the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mr. Pius Bigirimana, each of the five districts of Karamoja and the other PRDP districts received a Hydraform block-making machine for use in the construction of classrooms and health centres.

RESETTLEMENT CHALLENGES

Some politicians were reported to have meddled in the handling of Bududa disaster response. "Politicians were invading the camps at night telling people never to accept resettlement", the LCV Chairperson Bududa said. Politicians were worried that if their constituents changed residential locations, they risked losing votes. The Minister for General Duties allayed such fears saying that the Electoral Commission would facilitate those voters to vote for them since they were already registered for the 2011 elections. Some displaced people interviewed in the camp said they had got information that government had discovered minerals in the disaster area and it was the reason they were being asked to move. They vowed never to relocate. However the Minister rubbished such claims saying the survivors should not listen to such lies. "The survival of our people is primary and the interests of politicians are secondary", the Minister said. She added that both political and local leaders must guide the people appropriately. They should be cautioned against potential disasters instead of encouraging them to stay in such places.

Enhancing

The Minister of State for Karamoja Affairs Hon. Janat Museven lifts a Hydraform Block at the ground breaking ceremony of the Hydra form Housing project at Nakapelimen

The Minister for General Duties Hon. Janat Mukwaya (holding stick) talking to landslide survivors, looking on is LCV Chairman Ambassodor James Walimbwa

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The Under Secretary, Peace and Development in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs Flavia Waduwa said that with the launch of the Nadunget and Nakapelimen Hydraform Housing Units, Government is fulfilling its policy of ensuring that the people of Karamoja live a meaningful life. She added that the youth trained in building using Hydraform technology will help scale up this project all over Karamoja. gramme, findings from the piloted districts and sub-counties reveal that the Presidential directive was timely. "There was tremendous enthusiasm in the baraza initiative from the communities," notes the OPM report. Attendance ranged from 800-1000 participants for each meeting. "The people actively participated by asking questions and applauding the community monitors whenever malpractices were reported. They also appreciated reports on achievements by local governments," the report adds.

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BUDUDA LANDSLIDE DISASTER - RESETTLEMENT OF SURVIVORS AND BURIAL OF THE DEAD

By Michael Mugerwa The vehicle cruises through the winding rocky mountainous road. It reaches a point beyond which it cannot go. The available option to complete the journey is to put on gumboots and grab a walking stick. It is a journey that takes over one hour on foot -climbing stiff slopes, descending into valleys and crossing streams of water. Along the way, we come across groups of people "tourists" clad in thick jackets with walking sticks balancing delicately as they descend the steep slopes back to where their vehicles had stopped. "Your journey has just begun if you are going to where I am coming from. You are lucky it has not rained, otherwise I wish you luck" an elderly woman commented as we exchanged greetings. Meanwhile, the locals found along the way go about their business unbothered. Some are gathered in groups around malwa pots. Others are taking crude waragi (local gin), and dancing to blaring tunes of Luganda and Swahili music. This is a journey to Nametsi Trading Centre in Bukalasi Sub-county - Bududa District. It is where a destructive landslide occurred in March 2010. Three villages were buried. Between 200 and 350 people are estimated have been buried under the mud. "For planning purposes, Government has decided to take the figure of 350 dead", the Minister for General Duties Hon. Janat Mukwaya said. Seventeen landslide survivors were admitted in Bududa Hospital. The survivors are still coming to terms with their fate. "They can't imagine going back to the Trading Centre where human lives and their property were buried under tones of mud. The survivors are ready to relocate immediately", Wilson Watira, the LCV Chairperson of Bududa District said. Over five thousand survivors are currently sheltering at Bulucheke and Bukalasi Displaced Peoples camps awaiting permanent resettlement. According to statistics from the Uganda Red Cross, destroyed infrastructure included: · A Health Centre III · A cross section of roads and bridges · Homes · A gravity water scheme Since the Bududa landslide occurred, the Department of Disaster Preparedness in the Office of the Prime Minister has coordinated the emergency relief operations and the resettlement plan. The coordination has been done with the assistance of Bududa local Government and a cross-section of local and international humanitarian agencies. "Government takes responsibility and management of

Ministers from left to right: Hon. Micheal Werikhe, Musa Ecweru, Janat Mukwaya and Beatrice Wabudeya respectively addressing the Press at Mbale Resort Hotel

CITIZENS ACCOUNTABILITY FORA (BARAZAS) PILOTED By Cris Magoba

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has launched a new initiative that aims at empowering communities to monitor and assess Government service delivery. The initiative, commonly known as Community Barazas, is a follow-up on a recent Presidential directive to hold meetings at the sub-county level for local leaders to explain to the people the amount of money received from Government and how it is spent. The idea was recently piloted in the four districts of Bushenyi, Masaka, Nebbi and Kumi. According to a report from the Directorate of Policy Coordination, Monitoring & Evaluation in OPM, the objective is to "empower the communities, to increase transparency in the use of public resources and to improve service delivery". Public officials are made accountable to the people through making public presentations on money received from the Governement and its utilisation. Prior to conducting the actual barazas, the concept was introduced to local government officials as a monitoring instrument. The process also involved identifying and training community monitors to work as focal point persons for different projects. During the barazas, these monitors presented their findings alongside the technical persons so as to generate public debate. In Bushenyi, the debates were broadcast live on radio for the public to call in and contribute to. In line with government's poverty priority areas, deliberations dwelt mainly on: · Water and sanitation · Health · Universal Primary education (UPE) · National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) · Roads

Education

Findings revealed that the major challenges hinged on the utilisation of the UPE capitation grant. Although money is duly dispatched to schools, the way it is utilised is not discussed by the management committees. In most schools, the amount received is not even displayed on notice boards for public information. The monitors also noted that absenteeism and automatic promotion were undermining the quality of UPE. In addition, there were cases where heads of schools inflated registers in a bid to access bigger grants. Another important finding from the meetings was that the inspection of schools by local governments was almost non-existent.

disasters as its duty. That is why the Prime Minister, Professor Apollo Nsibambi took the lead and in the process, got involved in a helicopter accident, as he was returning from the boarder town of Lwakhakha to receive relief aid from his Kenyan counterpart", Hon. Janat Mukwaya said. A series of meetings at the Cabinet Sub-committee level were held in Kampala. Another consultative meeting which included line Ministers, Bugisu sub-region MP's, local leaders, religious leaders and Humanitarian Agency partners, was held at Mbale Resort Hotel. The consultative meetings were called to decide how best to resettle landslide survivors and the burial of the dead.

BURRYING THE DEAD

According to the Coordinator for Emergency Response in the Office of the Prime Minister, Major General Dr. Julius Oketa, the President requested the intervention of the UN agency ­ MONUC, to assist in the excavation work to enable retrieval of the bodies stuck under the heavy rocks and tones of mud. MONUC agreed to assist the UPDF Engineering Brigade in the excavation works. "MONUC is airlifting excavation materials to the site and the work is expected to take three months given the terrain and depth of the mud and thickness of the rocks", General Oketa said. He noted that it was over a month since the tragedy struck and therefore the state of the bodies would make identification impossible. The Mbale Resort Hotel Consultative Meeting agreed that given the state of the dead bodies, a mass grave was the best option. A monument would be erected at the site and Government would at a later date organize a national day of prayer.

Nebbi Town Council officials consulting each other during the Baraza launch in Nebbi Town Council Headquarters

Agriculture/ NAADS

Many participants appreciated the benefits of farming based on successful projects like coffee, poultry and bananas. However the biggest challenge raised was the issue of inflated prices of farm inputs. Examples cited by the community monitors include a cow supplied to a farmer in Kumi at Shs6m and a spray pump supplied to farmers in Masaka at Shs250,000 yet the price is Shs40,000 on the open market.

"The beneficiaries are not told the cost of the projects they are running. This makes it hard to track the flow of NAADS funds," one of the monitors reported. Extension services were also identified as still lacking. A case in point was Bushenyi where one Victor Katarikawe, FINDINGS As the country prepares for the eventual rollout of the pro- a farmer, lost 12 piglets due of lack of advisory services.

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By Paul Mukasa

The Prime Minister, Professor Apollo Nsibambi resumed work on April 21st 2010 after six weeks of medical treatment and bed-rest following a compression fracture he sustained in a helicopter crash on March 8th 2010. Prof. Nsibambi sustained the injury when the helicopter he was traveling in came down as he was returning from Lwakhakha on the Uganda ­ Kenya border where he had represented Government to receive 150 tonnes of food aid from the Kenyan Government for the Bududa landslide survivors. He was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in his office Mr. Pius Bigirimana and four others, namely; his ADC Peter Isabirye, two members of his press team, Mr. Apollo Mugindha and Ms Rose Oyere, the pilot Emmanuel Basulwa and his assistant Elija Matovu. The Uganda Police Helicopter crash occurred near Bugiri Hospital in Bugiri District near Tororo where the injured received First Aid before being evacuated by a UPDF helicopter to Mulago Hospital in Kampala. This was the second trip by the Prime Minister to Eastern Uganda following the March 2nd Bududa landslide disaster which is believed to have buried 300 people under the mud. He had flown to Bududa on 5th March 2010 in the same helicopter to assess the impact of the disaster and to commiserate with the survivors. On Thursday April 23rd 2010, Prof. Nsibambi reentered Parliament and was welcomed with ulufor having miraculously saved us from death. I am grateful to everyone for the help especially doctors and my wife Esther who diligently took care of me and stood by me through the recovery period", he said. President Museveni and his wife Janet attended the service at which the President asked about the report of the committee that had been set up to establish the cause of the crash. "I have not understood what happened to the plane because it was one of the brand new helicopters we purchased recently", he was quoted by the press as having said. (Daily Monitor 26th April 2010 page 2).

The Prime Minister, Professor Nsibambi welcomes President Museveni on arrival at Namirembe Cathedral

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Health

While most health units visited by the monitors were reported to be operational and delivering good services to the public, there were notable challenges of understaffing, late coming, absenteeism, and shortage of drugs. There were also bizarre reports of extortion which the health workers at the meetings could not deny. In one case, "in Kumi, syringes were sold within Kanyum Health Centre at Shs300 while a hen or Shs3000 was charged for each baby girl delivered and shs3500/ for a baby boy". Most of the problems were associated with dysfunctional health unit management committees. The few that seemed to be active did not discuss critical issues. For instance, the minutes of committee meetings did not show the drugs delivered at the health units.

Water and sanitation

Hon. Musa Ecweru State Minister for Disaster and Refugees addresses locals at Mukura Sub-county Headquarters in Kumi

The Police Helicopter that crashed with Prof. Nsibambi on board

lations from Members of Parliament. "I thank God for having saved us from death" he said, adding that although he had been bed-ridden, he had diligently followed Parliamentary proceedings. During a Thanksgiving service organized by the Prime Minister at St Paul's Cathedral, Namirembe on Sunday April 25th 2010, Prof. Nsibambi again spoke of his gratitude to God for having spared the lives of all the passengers and crew. He thanked President Museveni, Government officials, both Movement and Opposition MPs and other dignitaries for the material and moral support accorded them. "I wish to thank God

It was reported that a number of water sources were rehabilitated or constructed following the work plans of the year under review; 2008/09. However community monitors, supported by the participants, also reported that there were several cases of dry taps, boreholes and `ghost' water sources. In Bushenyi, District leaders conceded that the dry taps were a result of erecting more taps on the scheme than the technical design could support.

to assess the scope of works. There were complaints that roads had gone to waste immediately after rehabilitation. The monitors attributed this to possible connivance between the contractors and district officials to deliver less than what was provided for in the bills of quantities. They cited fewer culverts and application of less murram as some of the causes of the fast degradation of roads. The monitors and the participants could not agree on the cost of some of the projects. For instance, Shs7.5m, used for the maintenance of a footpath in Nebbi, was queried. Recommendations From the experiences gathered in the pilot districts, (a town council and a sub-county in each district), the Directorate of Policy Coordination, Monitoring & Evaluation has recommended a number of strategies that are expected to make the barazas more vibrant and result oriented. · A phased roll-out in all districts of Uganda in 2010/2011 financial year. · Barazas to be held once a year, preferably in September to enable local governments complete and report the projects accomplished. · The baraza findings to be acted upon swiftly by the responsible government authorities. · Annual follow up barazas to assess the extent of response to issues raised in the previous year. It is hoped that the effective use of these community dialogues will open a new chapter in the country's move towards government accountability and citizen participation in matters affecting their livelihoods.

Hon. Musa Ecweru State Minister for Disaster and Refugees listening to a compliant from a local at Kanyumu Sub-county Headquarters - Kumi

National Water and Sewerage Corporation was also blamed for the poor quality of water supplied, especially in Bushenyi/Ishaka Town Council. The local people had resorted to spring water sources. A notable non-existent project was a toilet that was supposed to have been constructed at Kyabakuza Police Barracks in Masaka at a cost of Shs4,609,377. The community monitors who visited the barracks did not see the actual toilet. Roads Work on roads in the pilot sub-counties was carried out as planned. The biggest challenge met by the monitors in all districts was failure to access the bills of quantities

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A Quarterly Newsletter of the Office of the Prime Minister GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES SHS 87.5BN KARAMOJA ACTION PLAN FOR FOOD SECURITY (KAPFS)

By Proscovia Basangwa · To make Karamoja self-reliant in food. · To create market access · To improve the environment · To build local capacity Hon. Museveni disclosed that the first phase of activities, costing 25.4 billion shillings, running from July 1st 2010 to June 30th 2012 will concentrate on crop, livestock and water production. The interventions in the water sector will include: · Construction of small dams at Parish level by local governments and NGOs. · Supply of domestic water storage facilities for clean drinking water to each household.

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Summary of Mine-clearance Progress

Agoro Mined Area Ngomorom Mined Area Total area uncleared sq.m Total area cleared in sq.m Total area cleared sq. m Total items destroyed (T72) Total items destroyed (PMD6) Percentage area cleared Percentage of total area cleared Percentage area remaining AVG area cleared per day sq.m AVG area cleared per month Total minefield area Total minefield area Mine Risk Education Mine Risk Education (MRE) is an important component of the Mine Action Programme. It is carried out in the affected areas by both local and international NGOs. In 2009, the Danish Demining Group (DDG) and CPAR were very active in the Acholi sub-region. The intervention of these organizations has enabled the affected communities understand the dangers of mines and other ERW and empowered them to identify suspicious objects, avoid them and report them, which contributes to the tasking of EOD operations. Local authorities, primary school teachers and school children have greatly benefited from the MRE sessions. 110,884 140,000 19,116 28 151(APM, type PMD6) 15% 99% 85% 111 1,738 130,000 140,000

· Supply of community water storage facilities to major Manyattas to be filled by small windmill or solar driven KAPFS was launched on February 25th 2010 during a Kar- boreholes for domestic washing/bathing, feeding poultry amoja Regional Council meeting held at Moroto District and other small livestock within the Manyattas. Headquarters. It was described as a tool for the implementation of the food security component of the Karamo- · De-silting all dams and valley tanks for cattle and irrigaja Integrated Disarmament and Development Programme tion. Improved crop production will be boosted with: (KIDDP) under the Office of the Prime Minister. Speaking at the launch, the First Lady and Minister of State · Supply of more tractors for Karamoja Affairs, Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni said · Tractor-hire services KAPFS is intended to transform Karamoja from a relief de- · Ox-ploughs pendant community to a self-reliant, food secure society · Improved seed with surplus to sell to neighbouring districts. · Introduction of irrigation schemes. Post harvest grain losses will be minimized through: · Provision of domestic-sized silos to households · Assistance to each Manyatta community to acquire two large silos for communal surplus grain storage. Increased livestock protection will be ensured by: · Educating the Karamojong to stop burning grass during the dry season and to preserve pasture for livestock. · De-silting dams. · Multiplying small dams at parish level. · Expanding valley tanks and boosting them with solar powered wells and boreholes. The Karamoja Minister requested the District Local Governments in the region to ensure that KAPFS activities are incorporated in their respective District's PRDP, NUSAF and MTEF budgets and work plans. She also appealed to The five-year Action Plan 2010-2015 coordinated by the development partners and NGOs to support the initiative Department of Karamoja Affairs in the Office of the Prime by incorporating the KAPFS activities in their budgets and Minister, is to cost 87,555,000,000/= (Eighty seven bilworkplans. lion, five hundred and fifty-five million shillings). KAPFS has been designed to address food security chal- The Office of the Prime Minister thanked the different stakeholders including Government ministries, departments and lenges in Karamoja under seven objectives, namely: agencies, development partners and NGOs which participated in the development of the Karamoja Action Plan for · Increased crop production Food Security. · Increased livestock protection. "With dedication and commitment by all stakeholders in · Ensuring functionality of existing water sources. implementing the KAPFS activities, we should be able to · Promoting post-harvest storage facilities. help Karamoja to take advantage of its fertile soils to pro· Improved access to markets and value addition. duce enough food for the sub-region and the neighboring · Restoration of the degraded natural resources. districts within the next two years," she emphasized. · Capacity Building for indigenous stakeholders and other service providers in the region.

The Minister of State for Karamoja Hon. Janet Museveni launches KAPFS at Mororo District Headquarters

A Mine Risk Education Session in Gulu

A report from DDG indicates that six MRE teams conducted 1,221 MRE sessions in primary schools, former IDP camps and return sites in eight sub-counties in Amuru, Pader and Kitgum districts. They reached a population of 71,346 persons (out of which 53,720 were children) with MRE messages, distributing 5,271 educational T-shirts and 2,189 MRE posters. The Mine Action Programme advances government's obligations under the Anti- Personnel Mine Ban Convention. Its objective is to facilitate IDP return in Northern and North Eastern Uganda and increase the release of formerly mine/ unexploded ordnance (UXO) contaminated land for socio-economic development initiatives. The programme is mainly funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with other Agencies.

A deminer preparing for a demolition exercise near Unyama IDP Camp in Gulu

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cultivate in this area which had for long been abandoned due to fear of the presence of ERW materials. The current update regarding de-mining of the two mined areas at Agoro hills and Ngomorom in Kitgum is as follows: Agoro Hills: Lotte; the first of five of the suspected mined areas at Agoro Hills, is now cleared of mines awaiting external quality control prior to being handed over to the community. The teams have moved to a new site at Ajelikech where to date; 1,779 sq. m has been cleared. The total area cleared in Agoro is 19, 116 sq. m, with 28 antipersonnel mines destroyed.

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Mine Action Programme: Uganda's mine clearance deadline extended to 2012

By Mary Kansiime Buhamizo Uganda had initially pledged to meet the United Nations Universal Landmine Clearance deadline of August 1st 2009 by completing her de-mining obligations under Article 5 of the International Mine Ban Treaty. The Treaty, signed by states parties in Ottawa in 1997 calls for a complete ban on the use, stockpiling, production, and transfer of landmines and for their destruction. By signing the treaty, countries make a promise not to produce any new landmines, and to destroy existing stockpiles of these weapons. However, due to the late commencement of de-mining work coupled with poor weather conditions, Uganda could not fulfill that obligation on the August 1st 2009, the completion time line set for under the treaty. Consequently, an extension request for analysis of the States Parties was prepared in September 2009, and presented to the Second Review Conference of States Parties held in Cartagena, Colombia in November 2009. The request was granted with a three-year extension period, setting the new deadline at August 1st 2012. Considerable progress has been made in de-mining the affected areas of Acholi, Lango, Teso and Rwenzori where the LRA and ADF insurgencies took place. The current demining personnel that have been seconded to OPM/Mine Action Programme are 67 UPDF/Uganda Police, who form 12 equipped multi-purpose clearance teams. The teams are currently engaged in humanitarian de-mining operations at Agoro hills in Kitgum district, while others are deployed to undertake explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) to clear other explosive remnants of war (ERWs) in Amuru, Pader and Gulu and parts of Teso and Lango sub-regions. The teams occasionally carry out responses in Kasese and other areas. The EOD operations have led to the destruction of a number of unexploded ordnance since 2006 when demining operations began. The EOD activities in Acholi, Lango and Teso sub-regions have motivated Internally Displace People (IDPs) to return to their original homes and facilitated the opening of some schools which had previously feared to reopen due to the suspected presence of unexploded ordnance (UXOs) within the school compounds. Unyama Primary school and Lukome secondary school in Gulu District are some of the schools that benefited from this intervention in 2008. In Kasese District, EOD activities were conducted in Kalingwa village, Kisinga sub-county, where two hand grenades were destroyed, enabling the communities in the area to

The Minister of State for Karamoja Hon. Janet Museveni inspecting George Kodet's Sunflower garden at Naturukan Namalu Sub County in Nakapiripirit

Karamojong looking after thier livestock

Demolition of an antipersonnel mine in progress at Agoro

Ngomorom: Demining work at the Ngomorom mined area was made easier with the introduction of a mine wolf machine borrowed from the Norwegian Peoples Aid ( NPA) South Sudan, the machine was able to clear all the surveyed four-kilometer area by end of March 2010. A total of 151 antipersonnel mines were destroyed in the process, this area is now pending a quality assurance exercise before it is formally handed over the community and this will be completed by August 2010.

A guest admires Mzee IIukwol Zacharia's Orchard in Namalu Sub-county Nakapiripirit

Hon. Janet Museven checks out the Sunflower seeds at Mr. Kodet's farm (The bottle on the table contains sunflower oil)

A mine wolf machine clearing mines at Ngomorom in March 2010

Granaries for post harvest storage at Mzee Moru Joseph's home at Kaiku Village in Namalu Subcounty - Nakapiripirit

Hon. Janet Museven inspecting a sand Dam on Kisop river in Rupa Sub county - Moroto District

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