April 12, 2024

Karamoja MPs protest move to abolish KDA

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Legislators from the Karamoja sub-region have protested the government’s bill aimed at abolishing the Karamoja Development Agency (KDA) under the Rationalization of Agencies and Public Expenditure program.

However, MPs from the sub-region, led by their chairperson, Hon. Remegio Achia, opposed the bill, saying Karamoja still needs this affirmative action agency to bridge the development gap with other areas.

This is after the Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Mary Goretti Kitutu, presented a bill to repeal KDA to the Presidential Affairs Committee, where she justified the move to scrap the agency, noting that it is already dead.

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The Karamoja Development Agency was established by an Act of Parliament in 1987 to support development by connecting Karamoja residents to the resources and opportunities they need to build strong, stable livelihoods that can withstand future challenges.

Furthermore, its operations were suspended in 1994 due to corruption, but the MPs have been in talks with the government to revamp it.

The minister asked the Karamoja MPs to remain calm as she continues to consult on whether the agency can be saved from rationalization.

In conclusion, Napak district woman MP Faith Nakut says that KDA has achieved a lot in the short time it has operated in Karamoja compared to what has been achieved by the Ministry of Karamoja Affairs.

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