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Government Disburses Sh135 Billion for Famine-Affected Karamoja

The government has allocated Sh135 billion for three months' worth of food in Karamoja.

The government has allocated Sh135 billion for three months’ worth of food in Karamoja.

This would include seedlings for planting, according to Prime Minister Rt Hon Robinah Nabbanja.

I want to reassure you, colleagues, that more than 200 metric tons of food have been delivered to Karamoja, and I want to add that we are looking at ways to secure Karamoja since it is now unstable.

She revealed this on Tuesday during a parliamentary meeting presided over by Rt Hon Thomas Tayebwa, the deputy speaker.

Nabbanja claimed that the Cabinet met on July 11, 2022, expressed worry about the situation in Karamoja, and proposed solutions.

According to Faith Nakut, the Napak District Woman MP, the poor weather in the Karamoja sub-region has failed agriculture and forced people to starve to death.

Although the Office of the Prime Minister has responded by providing food, according to Nakut, more needs to be done.

Sadly, the quantity provided was insufficient to sustain a family for a week. A kilo of beans and around three posho were given to each home. There are thousands of people at risk right now, Nakut stated.

She continued by saying it was disgraceful for an agriculturally prosperous nation to have people starving to death.

The proposal to feed hungry Ugandans, according to Francis Adome, the Moroto Municipality MP, is not financially feasible and would be exceedingly expensive.

“I think the largest issue is the absence of leadership and government involvement. The government must pay attention to us and solicit our input. Why can’t we mechanize agriculture, for example, if what we are doing in terms of seeking relief is not sustainable? he said.

The starvation has not spared the Lango sub-region, according to Oyam District Woman MP Santa Alum.

In order to handle the problem in the short term, she prayed that the office of the prime minister would provide food. “For the long term, we don’t have seeds; the seeds that we planted have all dried up,” she remarked.

The Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, charged the Prime Minister with outlining the government’s plan for addressing the food problem in the entire region, not only Karamoja.


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