Conan Bisinge reports in today's New Vision about Dr. Kizza Besigye's determination to economically empower the people of Karamoja
INFRASTRUCTURE, piped water, schools and a cement factory. Col. Kizza Besigye's key projects in Karamoja.
Campaigning in Amudat on Saturday, Besigye said the road infrastructure in Karamoja needed improvement.
"Apart from roads, we need to quickly make sure the area has access to adequate piped water," he said.
Besigye, the Inter-Party Cooperation's presidential candidate, arrived at about 2:00pm from Bugishu before holding the two rallies on his maiden visit to Karamoja while seeking votes for the 2011 general election.
The Karamoja sub-region has seven districts Abim, Amudat, Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto, Nakapiripirit and Napak. The main economic activities in Amudat are cattle keeping, subsistence farming and limestone quarrying.
When he comes to power next year, Besigye said, Karamoja will get more secondary schools.
"We will make sure the region gets quality education. Not mere education. That will be one of our priorities," he added.
He said the limestone mined in Amudat and taken to Tororo Cement Factory could as well have been processed in Amudat if the Government had set up a factory.
"By having a cement factory here, people's standards of living would be higher and the region would develop faster," Besigye said.
He also promised to improve food production and create of national food stores as a way of averting famine hitting the country.
"When we come to power, we will make sure agriculture in the region is given the right funding to grow fast."