By Isaac Mugera –

The Permanent Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Ms. Christine Guwatudde Kintu has made a comprehensive tour of OPM projects in Karamoja region to establish the progress and performance of these projects and the value they add to the community beneficiaries. The PS also visited the Resettlement Site in Bunambutye sub county, Bulambuli District to see the progress of the phase two constructions.

Ms. Guwatudde first attended the ceremony for the signing of the MOU for Cross-Border cooperation between the Government of Uganda and the Government of Kenya before embarking on her tour.

She started with visiting the offices of the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) in Moroto town. DINU is a project funded by the European Union and supervised by the OPM to improve the livelihoods of people in Karamoja, Acholi, Lango, Teso, and West Nile sub regions. Staff at DINU briefed the PS on the progress of the projects in their region and she encouraged them to continue the good work.

The PS then visited Moroto High School where the OPM supported with the construction of the Girls’ Dormitories and Staff Quarters. The Headmaster briefed the PS on the general performance of the students and took her around the school to have a look at the structures that were constructed.

The PS, Ms. Christine Guwatudde checking out the various farm products at the harvested at the facility

The PS also visited the offices of the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) in Moroto, where she was shown varieties of natural foods that the facility produces plus animals including goats and cows. The facility boasts of modern research in crop production, apiculture and livestock. They also have Cattle Breed Improvement though artificial insemination, Improved Ruminant Nutrition, Rehabilitation of Grazing Lands, and Pasture Seed Multiplication. OPM supports the facility to boost its research projects, Community Training Programs and the Livestock improvement Project.

The PS also visited the Offices of the Drylands Integrated Development Programme Karamoja (DIDPK) where the project Coordinator, Mr. Francis Okori briefed her about the progress of the various projects implemented under this programme. The DRDIPK is funded and supervised by the OPM.

The PS later visited Namaalu Prison in Nakapiripiriti District, where the OPM supports the facility to improve the capacity of the prison farm under the Karamoja Feeds Karamoja Project. The OPM constructed mega stores for the harvested crops, as well as providing technical support in the processing of the maize flour. The maize flour processed here is supplied to various entities including schools and other Prison facilities.

The PS at Namaalu prison Farm

Lastly, the PS continued to Bunambutye Sub county, in Bulambuli District to visit the resettlement site for the Bududa Landslide survivors. Here the engineers briefed the PS about the progress of the second phase of construction where over 200 houses are planned to be completed by end of November 2019.